St. Andrews

Riesling 2015

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, 2014
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine is a very pale green/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, the growing season in the lead up to vintage 2015 saw slightly higher than average rainfall initially and then very little fell, making it the driest ever August recorded at the estate. These conditions were conducive to frost and there were 14 events recorded. Rainfall for spring was well below average, with further frost events recorded during this time. Not only was the spring weather extremely dry, it was also warm and windy. These conditions had a detrimental impact on flowering with resultant bunch numbers down. December and January were relatively mild, with rain falling during the second week of January. The moisture was a welcome relief after such a dry spring and the vineyards on the estate responding well for both yield and quality.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 12.9
Acid: 9.15
Residual Sugar: 0.3
Wine Type: White
Wine Body: Light
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2016
  • International Wine Guide Awards
  • Great Gold
  • James Halliday, Wine Companion

    Aug 2017
    96 Points
    Has won three gold medals at even more questionable US competitions than those won by its Clare Valley sibling, including the 'World Wine Championship Awards '15'. A very elegant wine with diamond-cut varietal delineation, pure riesling fruit the centrepiece. Lovely now, better in a decade.
  • Ray Jordan, The Weekend West

    Oct 2016
    One of the finest rieslings produced in the CLare and Watervale region. This one from Clare sits right on the border with Watervale. It is so flinty tight and crisp with juicy, tense crunchiness. Has a lovely wet, pebbly character that dominates the palate. So long and precise, with many years of cellaring ahead of it.
  • Robert Whitley, Wine Reviews Online

    Apr 2016
    It's too bad on some level that the St. Andrews single-vineyard Riesling from the Taylor family is so inviting now, for in another 10 to 15 years it will be positively astounding. That's the typical path for the finer dry Rieslings from Australia's Clare Valley and it's one St. Andrews is apt to follow. For the near term, however, St. Andrews shows notes of lime and stony minerals, with a firm texture that will become more oily and rounded with age. Even at this early juncture it's a stunning Riesling.
  • Huon Hooke,

    Jun 2016
    Very light, bright straw yellow hue. Intense lime flower, lemon juice aroma, fresh and vibrant, restrained and delicate. The same could be said of the palate, which is tight and dry, clean and delicate with lovely softness and a seamless flow. Crisp, refreshing acidity and appetising finish. Lovely wine of great harmony. Delicious now and will age superbly.
  • Glen Frederiksen, WineLinesOnline

    Sep 2016
    94/100 Hedonistic Pleasure
    In the glass, the wine is a very pale straw color with glints of green. The aromatics burst from the glass, an enticing mixture of perfumed pine needle and sap, lemon oil, orange blossoms, and limestone minerality. With the first sip, a puckering acidity, citrus oil, and slatey mouthfeel play off the steely backbone that promises this wine will age effortlessly for another 15 years or more. This is a benchmark bottling, demonstrating the aromatic profile and age-worthy structure that has beguiled wine connoisseurs around the world.
  • Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast

    Feb 2017
    93/100 Highly Recommended
    This is a ripe Clare Valley Riesling, but it balances its peachy overtones with powerful citrus zest and hints of crushed stone. There’s a touch of roundness to the midpalate, then plenty of length on the finish.
  • Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media

    Oct 2017
    Pale, green-tinged yellow. Penetrating citrus and pit fruit scents are complemented by hints of chalky minerals, pungent flowers and lemongrass. Juicy and deeply concentrated but nervy in the mouth, offering fresh peach, pear, Meyer lemon and honeysuckle flavors that show excellent focus and mineral drive. The mineral and peach notes repeat emphatically on the finish, which lingers with outstanding persistence and building florality.
  • Isaac Baker, Terroirist

    Sep 2016
    Pale straw color. Gobs of white peach, papaya and fresh squeezed limes on the nose, and some chalk, mineral and floral perfume. Precise on the palate, packed with a stony mineral presence, but a waxy texture and lively fruit give the wine serious depth. Papaya, kiwi, peaches, lime juice, pretty fruit topped with river rocks, chalk, minerals and quinine. Lots going on here, but this will surely improve in the cellar. A gorgeous Clare Valley Riesling.
  • MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator

    Mar 2017
    90/100 Outstanding
    A mouthwatering mix of papaya, lime and Meyer lemon flavors, intense, sleek and focused, with terrific clarity on the finish, accented by a whiff of honeysuckle.
  • , Winestate Magazine

    Aug 2016
    5 stars
    A pure classic varietal. The nose is shy and not giving much away except hints of florals. The vibrant palate is quite drying and austere but delicious with a delicate phenolic grip. Needs time.
  • Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective

    Jul 2021
    Although dry, with its sweetness and tartness, this put me most in mind of a German Riesling with its honeyed peach, nectarine (and more Australian) creamy lemon curd notes to nose and palate and powder puff lift. A firm backbone of lime acidity emerges going through, carrying the long, well focused finish, with its attractive pucker and play of nectarine skin. Generosity with bite and, I suspect, plenty in the tank yet. Going back, the lime flavour became more pronounced, pushing out an exceptionally long finish with enticing white pepper and orange and pink grapefruit pith nuances. Expressive!
  • John Saker, Manawatu Standard

    Jan 2017
    If you've heard about how good Aussie riesling can be and want to try something decent, here's your wine. It has weight (too often lacking in local riesling), intense citrus and fruitcake-like flavours, and an effortless flow. Dry in style.