St. Andrews

Riesling 2017

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 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 growing season leading up to vintage 2017, winter rainfall was above average, in fact for the full year, it was the wettest recorded since 2000. Soil temperatures remained very low due to the waterlogged conditions and the below average ambient temperatures recorded through the spring resulted in budburst occurring up to a month later than in recent years. Weather conditions during flowering however were favourable and hence fruit set was good across all varieties. Harvest began in late February and picking continued at a slow and steady rate until early May due to the prevailing mild conditions. Overall, or winemakers have declared the vintage to be above average vintage in terms of quantity and fruit quality with Riesling a standout white variety.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 12.4
Acid: 9.79
Residual Sugar: 0.12
Wine Type: White
Wine Body: Light
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2018
  • Japan Wine Challenge
  • Platinum
  • 2017
  • Decanter Asia Wine Awards
  • Gold
  • 2018
  • International Wine & Spirit Competition
  • Gold
  • 2018
  • Canberra International Riesling Challenge
  • Gold
  • Robert Whitely, Creators Syndicate

    Jan 2019
    95 Points
    Australia’s Clare Valley is home to many of Australia’s finest dry Rieslings, and I include Wakefield’s St. Andrews among them. This vintage offers classic aromas of lime citrus and orange blossom, a hint of minerality on the nose and mouthwatering acidity that will preserve this wine for more than a decade. And that’s the best part. Dry Riesling from the Clare Valley evolves over time into a wine with extraordinary complexity and allure. Yes, you could certainly consume it now with pleasure. But for those with the patience to cellar this wine, a remarkable wine experience awaits.
  • Rich Cook, Wine Reviews Online

    Jan 2019
    95 Points
    Riesling from Down Under is a personal favorite, and if you’re a fan of bracing acidity, tart citrus and overall beauty, you’ll love this example. Eden Valley seems to get a lot of the press, but this Clare Valley example shouts its presence with style and class. If you’re still reading you’re probably a Riesling geek like me, so chew on these numbers: 12.5 alcohol, 2.9 pH, 9.79 TA and .12 Residual Sugar. That’s got me salivating, but it doesn’t matter much if it doesn’t translate to a great glass. It certainly does here. The finish goes on and on -- if you love fresh lime zest, this delivers the goods. Halibut filet, please.
  • James Halliday, Wine Companion

    Jan 2018
    95 Points
    Very interesting: Taylor's says the grapes are harvested, pressed and chilled below 10 degrees C within 15 minutes of harvest. That's some sort of speed record, even if the vineyard is adjacent to the winery. Opens quietly then rapidly gains flavour and length as it moves towards the lovely, juicy lime-infused finish.
  • Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

    Jan 2018
    93 Points
    A spicy riesling with white peppers, some petrol, blossoms and preserved lemons. Medium to full body, some really zesty acidity, delicious and fleshy stone fruit and a limey finish. Drink now.
  • Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review

    Jan 2019
    93 Points
    A year older than the wines around it, but no lesser. Concentrated lemon lime aplenty here, the acid is firm, the finish very long and the sheer potency is great. Don’t be fooled, this is top tier, even if it’s built more for later than right now. Power! Best drinking: I’d wait for four or five years and let that wave of toast ride on in. 18/20, 93/100. 12.5%, $40. Would I buy it? One for the cellar.
  • Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

    Jan 2019
    91 Points
    On the riper end of the spectrum, this wine offers up aromas of lime popsicle, lavender, honey and a touch of wild herbs. The palate is chalky in texture, with weight that’s deftly balanced by mouthwatering acidity and plenty of citrusy zing. Herb and mineral nuances run along its spine. Drink now–2028.
  • MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator

    Jan 2019
    89 Points
    The pineapple and jicama flavors of this white are crisp, with crunchy acidity and lovely transparency, lingering with a note of lime zest. Drink now.
  • Huon Hooke, The Real Review

    Jan 2018
    87 Points
    Light yellow hue and a bouquet of kaffir lime leaves and lemon pith, while the palate is tight and very tangy with elevated acidity on a bone-dry finish. There's just a touch of sourness here. A little austerity. One for the acid lovers.
  • , Winestate

    Jan 2018
    3 Stars
  • John Fordham, Sunday Telegraph

    Jan 2018
    As the third-generation Taylor clan edges towards its 50th anniversary, its top-tier Clare Valley brand St Andrews continues to carve an illustrious pathway, this delicious release showcasing the finest attributes of a cracker riesling harvest, with winemaker Adam Eggins not missing a beat along the way.
  • Adler Yarrow , Vinography

    Jan 2020
    Pale greenish gold in color, this wine smells of paraffin, green apples and white flowers. In the mouth, juicy citrus pith, grapefruit and candied green apple flavors have a remarkable wet chalkboard minerality to them, as well as an ethereal weightlessness in the mouth. Excellent acidity. 12.5% alcohol. Closed with a screwcap.
  • Fredric Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head

    Jan 2019
    Charges right out of the gate with pert and pertinent notes of acacia, iodine, roasted lemon and lime peel; a few moments in the glass adds hints of talc and lilac; the theoretical color scheme on the palate is yellow and white, that is peach, pear and pale plums, and some slightly astringent little white flower; boy, this delivers tons of presence and personality, bringing in touches of cloves and quince, grapefruit and limestone. Crisp, taut and focused. Best from 2021 through 2027 to ’29. Excellent.