St. Andrews

Riesling 2013

Hedonistic and tightly focused, this exceptionally balanced wine displays lemon, lime and a seamless spine of natural acidity leading to a finish of extraordinary length.

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Previous Vintages 2009, 2010
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine is a very pale straw colour with a slight green tinge to the edge.
Nose The wine displays zesty lemon and lime aromas along with faint orange blossom and talc.
Vintage Conditions In the Clare Valley, growing conditions leading up to vintage 2013 could best be described as benign, apart from a frost event of mid-October which impacted several blocks on our estate vineyards. There were very few significant rainfall events over the growing period with the season being described overall as dry. The first week of December saw a 30mm down pour which was most definitely a season changer. Without the rain event, the overall yields from 2013 would have been very low. Harvest conditions were excellent with the first white varieties picked in early February. Our winemakers report that quality is outstanding across all varieties, with excellent acid balance and flavour development displayed in the resultant wines.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 11.5
Acid: 8.12
Residual Sugar: 0.13
Wine Type: White
Wine Body: Light
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2014
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards
  • Double Gold
  • 2013
  • Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
  • Gold
  • 2013
  • Royal Hobart Wine Show
  • Gold
  • 2014
  • Sydney Royal Wine Show
  • Gold
  • 2015
  • Global Riesling Masters
  • Gold
  • 2018
  • The Global Riesling Masters
  • Gold
  • , drinks business

    Jan 2017
  • James Halliday, James Halliday Wine Companion

    Jan 2014
    Normally held back for release around 5 years, and the strong mineral scaffolding of this wine showing why that should be so; it has a delicate floral bouquet and finese to the fruit that will also stand it in good stead. Screwcap 11.5% alc
  • , Daily Mercury

    Oct 2013
    HOLE -in -one from the Taylor family with their latest top quality riesling release. Lemon and lime bouquet and fresh fruits that swamp the tastebuds with every sip.
  • James Laube, Wine Spectator

    Jan 2015
    92 Points/Outstanding
    Another single vineyard Riesling, this is steely and tangy, With juicy green pear, apple and white pepper flavors. The acidity borders on bracing.
  • Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

    Aug 2014
    Crisp and tangy, with juicy green pear, apple and white pepper flavors, coming together tidily on the linear finish. Needs time to soften the edges and gain texture. Best from 2016 to 2023.
  • , Wine & Spirits Magazine

    Feb 2014
    Springtime scent of apple blossoms introduces this powerful young wine. The malic acidity (think tart apples) tightens around lime and pineapple flavours, while the underlying intensity is in the fragrance. This should begin to show its best six to eight years from the vintage
  • Glen Frederiksen, Winelines Online

    Apr 2014
    A lightly effervescent wine possessing prickly acidity and slate-like minerality. Peach and tangerine aromas dominate the nose, and a floral quality (rosewater) emerges in the mouth after mid-palate, joined by a hint of varietal petroleum. Because of its strong thread of acidity, this wine is well suited for accompanying fresh shellfish.
  • Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine Magazine

    May 2014
    5 stars
    screw cap. An elegant, finely flavoured, medium bodied Riesling of exceptional quality. It has green apple, lemon peel, honeysuckle, and honeydew melon aroma/flavors, firm acidity, and a very long finish. [2016-2022]
  • , Winestate

    Apr 2014
    4 stars
    A sound, well-made wine that's fresh, light and flinty, with a dash of spice and showing slight spritzig characters with some zippy acidity.
  • , Winestate

    Apr 2014
    4 stars
    A sound, well-made wine that's fresh, light and flinty, with a dash of spice and showing slight spritzig characters with some zippy acidity.
  • , Illawarra Mercury

    Oct 2013
    ...Aromatic and elegant, crunchy green apple, lemon and lime, tangy acidity and a crisp, clean finish. Stick a few bottles in the cellar because the best years are yet to come with this wonderful white.
  • Des Houghton, Courier Mail

    Nov 2013
    The 2013 St. Andrews riesling is a highbrow offering. It's a tight and restrained wine with lemon and lime aromas along with faint orange blossom. A slate - like minerality across the mid - palate is backed up by a persistent and refreshing lime acid finish.
  • , Selector Magazine

    Feb 2014
    The St. Andrews range is only released in the finest vintages and while 2013 started off looking ordinary, it blossomed into a stellar year. Bright lemon and lime aromas lift from the glass, while the palate exhibits a very tight lemony fruit core with cruchy acidity, granny smith apple freshness and hints of sherbert, fruit tingles, lemon sorbet and sea spray.
  • Matthew Jukes, Top 100 Wines

    May 2014
    ...The awesome nose signals a great wine and the steely palate merly backs this up. This is a more forward wine than last years 100 best alumnus, the 2012, but it is a couriously little slimmer and racier! The tart acid and lime pith theme, jitters on the tongue while the mountain stream freshness cools your core and makes you feel magnificient. I would bet on this wine making a decade with east but it will no do so in my house. Once again, this is a 2013 Riesling which i intend to destroy in the most elegant and swiftly dispatched manner available to me, early doors (I promised I will use a glass).