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.
This hits a new level in 2021, the finest release of this dry Eden Valley riesling to date. Aromas of sliced lemon and crushed stones with flickers of spice, too. The palate is finely detailed and has elegantly piercing lemon and ruby-grapefruit flavours that run so long and focused. Drink or hold. Screw cap. Rating: 97 Points; Nick Stock for JamesSuckling .com
Fruit sourced from a selection of vineyards in the Eden Valley, predominantly Flaxman’s Valley (High Eden). Citrus pith and lime flesh dominate the very fine aromatics. On the palate, I am carried away on a sea of flavour, only just resurfacing through the finish to appreciate what has just occurred. Generous fruit ebbs and flows across the tongue, the acidity is threaded in and out in a fine, saliva-inducing web. On closer inspection there is white pepper, aniseed and fennel flower too. Another masterful release, at once voluminous and restrained, certainly enduringly long. The price is mind-blowing. This is the fine, delicate, spicy wine in the lineup. Drink to: 2036; Price: $27.00; Date Tasted: Sep 2021; Alcohol: 11%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; Erin Larkin; James Halliday Wine Companion
Very light, bright yellow-green colour. Restrained but very charming and fresh aromas of dried flower heads, pot-pourri, hints of star jasmine. In the mouth, it has generous, rich flavour, notably fuller than some of the other 2021s. It's already showing its charms. The finish is dry but soft, cleansing and refreshing. A smart wine. Date Tasted: August 2021; Drink: 2021 to 2029; Price: $27.00; Alcohol: 11%; Rating: 92 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
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