Rieslingfreak No.6 Clare Valley Aged Release Riesling 2015
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.6 is made from the family vineyard, White Hutt, Clare Valley. Harvested from the same block as the No.5, the wine is fermented dry, and made in a style that will allow the wine to cellar for many years. The wine is bottled in the same year of vintage, and then cellared, being released at 5 years of age. This careful cellaring slowly develops the wine to show notes of butter, toast and ripe citrus flavours. The wine is intended for enjoyment upon release, but will also reward with further cellaring.
Light to medium-yellow colour showing some age development, as is the nose, which is beautifully citrus-scented, with lime and lemon juices and blossoms. A multitude of bewitching aromas. The wine is delicious, the flavours are layered and highly appealing, reserved but also giving at the same time—not at all austere. The glorious array of lemon-citrus flavours linger long on the palate and the finish is clean and crisp and refreshing. It's ageing beautifully at six years. Concentration and charm in spadefuls. A great Australian riesling. Date Tasted: Feb 2021; Drink: 2021 to 2030; Price: $42.00; Rating: 98 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
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