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.
Eden Valley Rieslings often showcase delicacy and refinement. Rieslingfreak No.4 typically demonstrates this, with aromas of citrus, talcum powder and white blossom, and flavours of brown lime and lemon, with a background of sweet spice. The wine drinks well young, but will reward with cellaring.
It's taken time, but I've finally become used to John Hughes' brand name and label system. Here the Meyer lemon/lemongrass flavours of the Eden Valley are correct, even if they have hints of Hunter Valley semillon, a dreadful accusation for a SA riesling maker. While each of the three dry Rieslingfreak wines in this line up has its own character, they are difficult to split on points. Drink to: 2032; Price: $27.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2019; Alcohol: 11%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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