O'Leary Walker Wines was established in 2000 by winemakers David O'Leary and Nick Walker. With over twenty five years experience and established reputations making premium wine with the big companies, these two long time friends decided to take control of their own destiny and craft small batches of wine from some of the best vineyard sites in South Australia. With a great leap of faith they are now doing exactly what they set out to.
If ever you were in two minds about exploring Australian riesling, this is your moment. The Clare Valley 2021 vintage was a blinder. Any doubts about how complex the grape can be in its youth, or its innate charm and intrigue will disappear with the first sip of the O’Leary Walker 2021 Watervale Riesling. Unforced, a natural cool beauty, Watervale combines stunning aromatics – apple blossom, white flowers – with lingering aromas of Tahitian lime, lemon, grapefruit. Citrus and talc florals work hand in hand here. Soft, textural acidity offers a solid foundation for the brisk lemony brightness and lime cordial intensity of the fruit. And it lasts and lasts on a long, clean finish. Guess you might say I fell hard for this young riesling. A classic riesling vintage in the Clare Valley is a thing to behold. Excellent drinking now, it will be a pleasure to follow its journey. Date Tasted: October 2021; Drink: 2021 to 2033; Price: $25.00; Rating: 96 Points; Jeni Port
I am just loving these 2021 Clare Valley Rieslings, almost universally across the board. Any winemaker in the region who got this wrong should be condemned to make only warm climate, young vine Sauvignon Blanc for the rest of their natural life. Of course, some guys will inevitably do it better than others and it will come as no surprise that Dave O’Leary and Nick Walker are right at the top of the tree. And at $30 each, the value for both these Rieslings is almost criminal. A case for now, a case for the cellar. This is green with pale gold throughout. Beautifully aromatic with spices, kaffir limes, hints of grapefruit, some minerals if you look hard enough and floral notes. A wine which is textbook and stunning. The palate is intense with great length and immaculate balance. It is perhaps a fraction more generous than the nose suggested, but nothing wrong with that. A Riesling which is cracking now and has a decade ahead of it. Date Tasted: October 2021; Drink: 2022 to 2032; Price: $25.00; Rating: 96 Points; Ken Gargett
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