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.3 is harvested from the family vineyard. The heavy red clay soils contribute to the fruit intensity of this wine, providing a fruit driven style of Riesling. Being from Clare, the wine has classic flavours of ripe lemon and lime and some tropical fruit notes. The Riesling drinks well young, but will also reward with cellaring.
In a way this is stratified, building on layers of flavour – all citrus with a hint of pineapple. It has pith-like texture with a squirt of mandarin oil and a tangy mouth-watering sensation. Seems richer and riper than usual, but there's still a strong thread of acidity drawing this to a neat conclusion. Drink to: 2030; Price: $27.00; Date Tasted: December 2020; Alcohol: 12%; Rating: 93 Points & Special Value Star; Jane Faulkner; James Halliday Wine Companion
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