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.

Rieslingfreak No.2 is a dry Riesling, showcasing many of the refinements typical of the Polish Hill River region. The limestone and shale rock soil profile is reflected in the Riesling with mineral and slate notes, underlying fresh citrus characters, predominantly lemon and grapefruit. Wines from this vineyard can be consumed upon release, or cellared for many years.

A new wine to mark the excellent 2021 vintage, in which Eden Valley experienced the coolest average temperature since 2001-2002; the 2021 vintage is widely regarded as being one of the best Eden riesling vintages since then. Fruit is sourced from Flaxman Valley and the regional stamp of chalky, minerally precision is all over it. This is restrained to the max – fine, tense and layered with rivulets of flavour that spool out over the long finish. What a sensational wine – more savoury and salted than plush and plump. Like the Eden Valley itself, this has a superbly rocky countenance; it takes me there. Epic stuff. Drink to: 2041; Price: $37.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2021; Alcohol: 11%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; Erin Larkin; James Halliday Wine Companion

Pale yellow colour, the aromas very young and fresh, yeasty, star jasmine, lavender, even frangipani, the palate very lean and tangy, crisp and tart with elevated acidity. It lacked line and flow at first. A steely wine with a very dry finish, it's a bit in its shell right now. A day later it was showing much better, but it could score higher in time, when it's settled properly. Not easy to assess at this stage, but it's already very impressive anyway. (From the Mason and Zander vineyards). Date Tasted: Aug 2021; Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review

From the Flaxman Valley. The perfumed bouquet has a spray of white florals before the palate opens its doors with an exquisite play between deep mineral notes and intense citrus zest. So perfect is the balance, these inputs so harmonious, the wine is positively ethereal. Drink to: 2036; Price: $37.00; Date Tasted: Nov 2021; Alcohol: 11%; Rating: 97 Points, Special Value Star & Top 100 Wines for 2021; James Halliday Wine Companion

 

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SKU 10355
Brand Rieslingfreak
Shipping Weight 1.3333kg
Unit Of Measure ea

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