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Riesling can lay claim to being the world's most noble grape. It offers great intensity of flavor and tells the story of its origins without the need for intervention. That is why we cultivate our vineyards organically. The story of Watervale is one well worth telling with classic, intense citrus aromas and dry tangy flavours that come alive in the mouth. Our Watervale Riesling is a refreshing wine of poise and balance with lees contact to soften the wine. It finds enough roundness in the mouth to balance a pleasingly mineral and classically crisp, dry finish.

Intense aromatic Riesling fruit flavours are the hallmarks of this wine. It has a fine dry palate with a crisp acidity and a long lingering fruit finish. These wines drink freshly and lively when released young but develop beautifully for 5-8 years. The fresh fruit flavours transform into the rich toasty characters for which aged Riesling from this area is renowned, and this wine is consistently one the Clare Valley's best.

Mitchell has really stepped up to the plate of contemporary taste over recent years, making poised Rieslings with less shrill acidity than in the past; greater depth and poise and yet, still with the tensile line of limey flavour and febrility that has always marked the region and the house style. Attesting to these changes is the six months of lees handling, following an ambient fermentation. The result is a light to mid-weighted wine, strutting across the palate with flavours of citrus rind, quince, green apple, curd and a finish dusted with pumice and driven by a pungent mineral crunch. Drink by: 2028; Price: $24.00; Date Tasted: March 2017; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 94 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

 

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