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St. Andrews

Riesling 2018

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.

Member Price
$219.30 / case
Standard Price
$258.00 / case
More Information
Previous Vintages 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
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 vibrant lime aromas with hints of lemon and faint floral notes.
Vintage Conditions The growing season was characterized as warm and dry for vintage 2018, the only year in recent times warmer was 2016, which produced some excellent, award-winning wines. One of the great things about this vintage, though, was that we avoided any major heatwaves during vintage which can be very damaging and so to that end, vintage was relatively calm and controlled. Overall, our winemaking team are very excited about the quality of the wines from this vintage. In terms of the white varieties, these wines are highly aromatic with very pure and distinct varietal characters.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 11.8
Acid: 9.1
PH: 2.80
Residual Sugar: 0.8
Wine Type: White
Wine Body: Light
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • Ken Gargett, Explore Drinks

    Jul 2020
    96 Points
    ...This one is youthful and intense, notes of citrus, especially lemons and orange rind. Spices. The flavours move to a crystalline lemon. Bath salts. Fragrant and finely balanced. Bright, clean acidity, this is a refreshing style. What could possibly be better with a plate of oysters or King George Whiting. Has complexity and length. This wine will age well, and improve, for twenty years.
  • David Bicknell, James Halliday Wine Companion

    Aug 2019
    95 points
    Bridging the styles, to a degree, between the standard Clare (generous) and the Reserve Parcel (finesse). There's a composed, confident flow about this wine. Depth of flavour without sacrificing elegance, immaculately tailored (ha!), and with length to burn.
  • Sean Ludford, BevX.com

    Jan 2018
    94 Points
    Brilliant, light gold/green color. The nose is moderately intense offering scents of lemon and acacia flowers with supporting notes of green tea, grapefruit, and slate. The palate confirms the nose delivering a citrus-driven core with flavors of Asian pear, kiwi, and green apple. The finish is long and lingering. Medium-bodied and perfectly balanced with a loads of bright acidity creating a vibrant texture.
  • Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

    Jun 2019
    92 Points
    A very intense, crisp and dry, lime-scented riesling that also offers green apples on the palate, which is super taut, long and powerful. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
  • Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

    Oct 2019
    91 Points
    Editors’ Choice. The Taylor family's single-vineyard Riesling is always as traditional Clare Valley as it gets and this vintage—a dry and low-yielding one—doesn’t disappoint. From grapes grown on terra rossa over limestone soil, it’s austere and very young but has all of the lemon-lime, white-pepper, chalk-dust and honeysuckle characters you’d hope for. The palate is tight, focused and bone dry, with laser-sharp acidity, a talc-like texture, fresh citrus fruit and a long limey finish. Drink 2021–2029 and likely beyond. Seaview Imports.
  • Huon Hooke, The Real Review

    Feb 2019
    91 Points
    Light yellow colour, with a fresh lemon-essence, straw and dry-grass aroma, with a lively palate which is dry and quite high-acid. It is very nervy, dry and crisp and needs either food or time. It would age well. 26/2/2019
  • MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator

    Jan 2019
    86 Points
    Lanolin and beeswax notes linger in the background as aggressive, mouthwatering citrus flavors dominate, with a touch of wasabi on the finish. Drink now.
  • Ronn Weigand MW, MS, Restaurant Wine

    Aug 2019
    5 stars
    The 2018 St. Andrews Riesling is a remarkable Clare Valley wine: fragrant, medium bodied, crisp, and very long on the palate, with refined aromas/flavors (pear, lime, pineapple, grapefruit, honeysuckle), excellent balance, and a zesty, long finish. Great quality and value; warrants aging.