For John Hughes, the attraction to Riesling is all encompassing. Growing up on a small vineyard in the Clare Valley, and going on to work with some of the brightest Riesling makers in the country before launching his own venture, John is never far away from his beloved grape. John makes classic Australian styles from carefully selected vineyards with an emphasis on purity and site reflection, as well as German-inspired expressions that balance acidity and sugar with singular precision.
70% of the fruit comes from the Eden Valley, 30% from the Clare Valley. The first release of Zenit (German for zenith), its delicacy belies its power, such is its purity and balance. It is bone dry, but leaves plenty of flavour in the mouth after it has been swallowed. Drink to: 2038; Price: $45.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2018; Alcohol: 11.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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