St. Andrews

Riesling 2014

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, 2013
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.
Palate This particular Clare Riesling is still tight and restrained with a linear focus to the palate and purity of fruit flavours. There are lashings of fresh lemon/lime juice characters up front and a slate-like minerality across the mid-palate. It is backed up by a persistent and refreshing lime acid finish.
Vintage Conditions In the Clare Valley, the growing season saw average autumn and winter rainfalls on the Taylor family estate vineyards. Although spring was relatively dry, the vine vigour was still good due to the presence of subsurface moisture from the regular winter rain events and in addition the relatively calm conditions during the spring period reduced the evapotranspiration of the vines. Summer started dry and warm but not overly hot although from mid January to mid February this changed with very hot conditions prevailing until the 14th February when a downpour occurred, slowing the ripening of grapes considerably. Within a week after the rainfall, most of the Riesling was harvested with the winemakers impressed with the balance of natural acidity achieved in the vineyards.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 11.5
Acid: 7.12
Residual Sugar: 0.7
Wine Type: White
Wine Body: Light
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2014
  • Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
  • Trophy
  • 2014
  • Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
  • Gold
  • 2014
  • National Wine Show of Australia
  • Gold
  • 2015
  • Texsom International Wine Awards
  • Gold
  • 2015
  • San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Gold
  • 2015
  • National Wine Show of Australia
  • Gold
  • 2018
  • Canberra International Riesling Challenge
  • Gold
  • , drinks business

    Jan 2017
  • Dan Berger, Dan Berger Newsletter

    Nov 2015
    This youthful, wildspice and floral-scented wine has a succulent entry, but it is bone dry and almost angular. A delight with Asian foods like curry and mildly seasoned Himalayan dishes.
  • Joe Roberts, 1WineDude

    Dec 2016
    Lime petrol with enough energy to power a white dwarf star.
  • James Halliday, Wine Companion

    Jul 2015
    96 Points
    Often held back for release with 5 years bottle age, but this already has such finesse and balance that part is on the market, a decision validated by the trophy for Best Riesling, Melbourne Wine Awards '14; lemon, lime and apple blossom tell of the flavours to follow.
  • Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits

    Feb 2016
    A selection from the St. Andrews vineyards, this is pressed immediately after harvest, then allowed to settle for a day before racking into a cool fermentation in stainless steel. It’s precisely focused and completely dry, the structure tight up front, then gently expansive as the fruit washes up underneath the acidity like the undertow of a wave. That acidity is as malic as red apple skin, as puckering as grapefruit (the pH is 2.98). But then the flavors are more relaxed, opening from earthy talc toward fresh apple, pear and mace. Powerful in its intensity, this is a grand Riesling that will age for a decade or more.
  • Michael Apstein, Wine Reviews Online

    Jan 2017
    It could be the screw cap closure, but whatever, this wine benefits enormously from 15 minutes of aeration before consumption. Then it sings. Dry and cutting, it has the enamel-cleansing quality of first-rate Riesling. A firm racy edge makes it better with food, such as spiced Asian or Indian fare, as opposed to a stand along aperitif.
  • , Australian Wine Review

    Jun 2015
    Green straw, this is initially juicy and generous, the fruit quite peachy, before a driving, grippy finish. It's just a bit rough and tumble for a super premium Riesling, but good intensity and great length, if raw. Needs five years to show its best.
  • Glenn Frederiksen, WinelinesOnline

    Dec 2015
    Clare Valley has a reputation for world-class Rieslings made in a dry style, and rightfully so. This is an excellent example. In the glass, it exhibits a very pale straw color. The nose is captivating, a swirling mixture of steely minerals, flowers and lime. In the mouth, a vibrant acidity lends a juicy quality to the lime and lemon fruit flavors, all with an underpinning of slate-like minerality. Fermented dry, this is a quintessential food wine, perfect for pairing with fresh seafood, shellfish, and even wienerschnitzel. This bottling has a track record of aging beautifully for up to two decades.
  • Isaac Baker, The Terroirist

    May 2016
    Pale straw color. Smells of sliced limes, white peach, nectarine, floral perfume and a complex mix of chalk and dusty minerality. Crisp and lively on the palate but some waxy texture adds depth. Green apple, kiwi, orange rind, lime, the fruit is pure and driven. This Riesling possesses a deep sense of minerals, mountain stream, smashed rocks and chalk. So clean, zesty and vibrant. A gorgeous Clare Valley Riesling.
  • MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator

    Jul 2016
    Meyer lemon, melon and ruby red grapefruit flavors are intense and bright, with a whiff of dried honeysuckle. A crisp minerally note offers terrific punctuation on the long finish. Drink now through 2024.
  • Josh Raynolds, Vinous

    Mar 2016
    Vivid straw. Zesty, sharply focused nose displays scents of fresh citrus fruits, white flowers and mint. Dry, tangy and linear on entry, then fleshier in the middle, offering an array of citrus fruit flavors and a touch of bitter quinine. Closes spicy, firm and emphatically dry, with very good clarity and resonating citrus character.
  • Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    Feb 2020
    90 Points
    The 2014 St. Andrews Riesling is beginning to show signs of maturity in its hints of honey and petrol on the nose. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine remains tart and fresh, with marmalade notes giving way to lime zest on the finish.
  • Ronn Weigand MW, MS, Restaurant Wine

    May 2016
    5 Stars
    Screw cap. Very fine dry Riesling. It is elegant in character (lime, candied lemon, apple, pineapple, honeysuckle), medium bodied, and crisp, with a very long, vibrant finish. Can be aged for years. 11.5% [2016-2019]
  • , Winestate

    Aug 2015
    4.5 stars
    "A great wine," declared one judge. Very shy, restrained flinty citrus aromas and a light lean palate with delicate fruit persistence and drive, lots of acid. Needs time.
  • , Drinks Weekly

    Dec 2014
    Very pale straw colour, with a slight green tinge. Lime and lemon aromas with a touch of orange blossom and talc, as a result of fruit sourced from Clare Valley. Tight slate-like minerality on the mid palate. Whole-berry pressing has resulted in lime, citrus and tropical friut flavours. Also a hint of orange blosson on the palate. Long and refreshing lime acid finish.
  • Tony Love, Advertiser

    May 2015
    The Taylor family 2014 St Andrew’s riesling has a delightful white floral and citrus background fragrance with a lightly honeyed lemon juice lift over a sense of tropical fruit salad, then quickly pours into a glorious, mouth-coating, pithy lemon lolly-like set of flavours and texturals, well measured with just the faintest note of offdry fruit sweetness in the finish.
  • Jane Parkinson, Restaurant

    May 2016
    Bright with lemongrass, jasmine and lime aromas, this is quintessential Clare Riesling, with less than 1g/l of sugar. Limey and tropical, it is zesty but generous. A zippy palate cleanser now, but it will keep too.
  • Jeremy Bowell, Taste Explorer

    Oct 2014
    It’s not hard to see why the Riesling has been getting so much love. Imagine squeezing a fresh lime onto a hot slate tile with a jasmine flower stuck behind each ear and you’re getting a sense of the aromas leaping out of the glass. On the palate there’s more fresh lime, a splash of yuzu and the faint hint of white spring flowers wrapped around a flinty core that lingers long on the palate. There is a precision and balance here for such a young wine that borders on precociousness. Drink it now with freshly shucked oysters or pan seared scallops. If you have the patience, this is a wine that will reward 5+ years of cellaring.