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Australia’s finest expressions of Riesling are to be found in South Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys. Take the journey along the Clare and Eden Valley Riesling Trail and you will find 4 of the region’s most impressive wines in one single box. This collection features 3 bottles each from 2 Clare Vallley and 2 Eden Valley producers with ratings of 94 Points or better from Australia's leading wine critics.

The StarDozen consists of the following:

3 bottles      Mitchell Clare Valley Watervale Riesling 2016
3 bottles      Thorn Clarke Sandpiper Riesling 2017
3 bottles      Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2017
3 bottles      Peter Lehmann Portrait Eden Valley Riesling 2016

Mitchell Clare Valley Watervale Riesling 2016
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

Thorn Clarke Sandpiper Riesling 2017
Eden Valley riesling. It’s a buoyant riesling. Delightful drinking. Ripe and cutting at once. Ever-so-fragrant. Lemon, lime and talc. Juice and rind. Mid-palate has plenty of flavour, in a varietal context, but the finish sings out clearly. Tip top value too. Tasted : Oct17 Alcohol : 11% Price : $19 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2017 - 2022; Rated : 90 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

96+ Points - Canberra International Riesling Challenge 2017
Elite Gold - Canberra International Riesling Challenge 2017
95 Points - James Halliday Top 100: Best of the Rest

Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2017
One of the first out of the blocks for '16. Jim Barry's Rieslings have exceptionally low pH, starting as low as 2.86, and acidity as high are 7.3g/l. This is a vibrantly alive wine, with vivid lime and mineral flavours on the long palate. Please yourself whether you drink it now or 10 years hence. Value++. Drink by: 2029; Price: $19.00; Date Tasted: Jul 2017; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 94 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion

95 Points & Gold Medal - Royal Sydney Wine Show 2017

Peter Lehmann Portrait Eden Valley Riesling 2016
A lovely portrait of Eden Valley riesling. Pale bright quartz-green; the bouquet is floral with citrus blossom to the fore, the palate finely etched lime juice, the long finish with perfectly balanced acidity. Bargain, with even more in store. Drink to: 2029; Price: $18.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2016; Alcohol: 11%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines of the Year 2017; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion

 

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