St. Andrews

Riesling 2016

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, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
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 classic zesty lemon and lime aromas along with faint orange blossom and talc.
Vintage Conditions In the growing season leading up to vintage 2016, rainfall was below average and whilst we saw only around 76% of the long term average fall, it was not the amount that had the biggest impact however; it was the timing of the rainfall. Mother Nature saw fit to dole out just the right amount of water at just the right time for maximum positive impact on the vine's health and importantly, the quality of the fruit produced. In fact, this was just one of the factors at play when it comes to vintage 2016 being lauded as one of the great vintages. Firstly, the vines were 'stress free' heading into the winter period, allowing them to store extra nutrients and creating the potential for a superior fruit crop in 2016. Secondly, conditions were ideal during flowering which set us up for good yields and then lastly, whilst it was a relatively dry spring, the threat of frost did not eventuate. All these conditions combined to create what called be described as 'the perfect storm' and the vineyard and winemaking team were excited about the quantity and quality of the fruit as they commenced harvesting. Of the whites, both the Chardonnay and Riesling varieties look particularly outstanding but with general reports of amazing flavour and acid structure being applied across all varieties.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 12.5
Acid: 8.95
Residual Sugar: 0.2
Wine Type: White
Wine Body: Light
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2017
  • New York International Wine Competition
  • Gold
  • , drinks business

    Jan 2017
    Bronze
  • Robert Lublin, Drink Hacker

    Jan 2017
    B+
    In the past, I have described wines as “tart” and having “bracing acidity,” but I don’t think I fully appreciated the terms until trying this Riesling. It is almost too much. But when the wine is coupled with food (I tried it with spicy Indian food), it comes alive. The wine presents lemon and subtle apple on the nose. The lemon notes continue on the palate along with sharp acidity, fine minerality, and a touch of peach. The wine is bright and citrusy, but absolutely dry. St. Andrews Riesling is enjoyable now but still very tight. I wonder how much better it will get with a few years of aging.
  • James Halliday, Wine Companion

    Jan 2017
    95 Points
    Machine-harvested, no frills cool stainless steel fermentation. It all lies in the fruit selection, here a block planted with a Pewsey Vale clone. It is a very good wine with purity and intensity underpinning the vibrantly fresh palate and long finish. Citrus/orange blossom aromas and flavours are just as they should be.
  • , Wine Showcase

    Jan 2016
    93/100
  • Peter Chapman, Witsunday Times

    Jan 2017
    93/100
    Drinking well now, but the winemaker suggests this will grow into an even better wine with 5-10 years in the cellar.
  • , International Wine Review

    Jan 2017
    92/100
    The St. Andrews is also bone dry, but it’s also densely flavored with notes of zesty citrus, dried stone fruit, roasted almond, and herbal tea. It finishes extra long with superb, lingering, rich extract. Delicious!
  • Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

    Jan 2017
    92/100
    A tart, lemon and lime style with succulent acid draw, powdery palate texture and a juicy, assertive, driving finish. Drink now.
  • , Decanter

    Jan 2018
    91 Points
    Racy fruit, like lime marmalade generously spread over toasted brioche. A whiff of struck match reduction lingers and evolves into a honeyed finish.’
  • Mary Ann Worobiec, Wine Spectator

    Jan 2017
    88 Points
    The lime and grapefruit flavors are intense and focused, with accents of melon and peach blossom lingering on the crisp finish. Drink now.
  • Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

    Jan 2018
    Lemon, blossoms and a slight kerosene nose lead into a prickly, slippery texture, with lemon-lime and wet stone flavors. A classic example of Clare Valley Riesling.
  • John Fordham, Sunday Telegraph

    Jan 2017
    From the Taylor family’s Clare Valley estate, this single-vineyard wine is rightfully in a class of its own. Drinking so invitingly now, its appeal will blossom with time when its true greatness will ultimately unfold. A wine without fault, a delicious amalgam of fresh citrus flavours.
  • Des Houghton, Courier Mail

    Jan 2017
    A straw-coloured showstopper with lovely perfumes, an acid spice and great length.
  • Frederic Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head

    Jan 2017
    Here’s a lovely riesling for the Christmas goose. The Taylors “St. Andrews” Riesling 2016, hails from Australia’s Clare Valley, a superb region for the grape. The color is very pale straw-gold; seeing no oak, it’s a wine of crystalline clarity and structure, tremendously vibrant and present on the palate; aromas of green apple, lychee and pear are infused with pungent notes of petrol — or call it rubber eraser — and lime peel, with an undertone of ripe mango; quickly, a seam of limestone and flint emerges in the mouth to provide a scintillating factor, which, added to the wine’s bright acidity, provides wonderful refreshment and tone. The flavor profile balances citrus with stone-fruit elements that surge toward a vibrant, mineral-packed finish. 12.7 percent alcohol. Wholly satisfying now, but suitable for drinking as it matures through, say, 2026 to ’30, properly stored. Excellent.