StarDozen – Clare and Eden Valley Riesling Trail
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.
3 bottles Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2015
3 bottles Knappstein Clare Valley Riesling 2015
3 bottles Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2015
3 bottles O'Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling 2016
Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2015
Acquired and planted in the 1960s; in its day the 1969 was a celebrated wine. This is a special selection from the vineyard, part wild yeast fermented. It is tightly knit, its citrus and apple flavours anchored on a bedrock of minerally acidity. On a hot summer's day this will shine, but it also has plenty in reserve for the next 5 years. Drink To: 2030; Price: $25.00; Alcohol: 12%; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
Knappstein Clare Valley Riesling 2015
Today, Knappstein’s winemaking team is led by Glenn Barry, who honed his skills in the Clare Valley and as far afield as Sicily, the Okanagan in Canada and Napa. Glenn’s winemaking philosophy reflects his love of fresh wines, with vibrant and pure flavours.
Wonderful generousity of flavour with lime and grapefruit being complemented by a hint of dried fennel. Fresh aromas of bath salts mix with classic aromas of lemon and lime. Juicy acidity carries across the palate to a crisp & refreshing finish.
Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2015
This is a good release. Lemon and kaffir lime leaf, baby oil/mineral, and maybe a bit of spice. It’s light, flavoursome and zesty to taste – lemon barley and lime – juicy driving acidity and the subtle sweetness of Bickford’s lime in the aftertaste. Slight chalkiness and bitterness from phenolics. Crunch and drive. Hard to go wrong here. Alcohol: 12.8%; Price: $18; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2015-2019+. Rating: 92 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
O'Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling 2016
I didn’t realise, but most of the fruit in this wine is organically-grown, and some even certified. A portion has been organically grown since the 1970s (uncertified). There you have it. This is the pick of the Watervale vs Polish Hill tussle in 2016 from O’Leary Walker. It feels more ‘mineral charged’ with its wet slate, mineral water and granite like inflections, though there’s plenty of pretty florals and crunchy green apple going on too. It’s got intense, limey tang to its acidity. It’s wildly perfumed, juicy then breathtakingly lean, tight, finishing powdery-chalky dry. It’s set up in a dart-shaped thrust of vigorously energetic riesling. Yum. Alcohol : 11.5%; Price : $25; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2016 - 2031; Rated : 93 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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