This extraordinary wine from the stellar 2012 vintage is made like no other Australian riesling that I have encountered. The fruit was handpicked from a single vineyard that’s never been irrigated, from a beautiful site, behind the winery. It was fermented using wild yeasts, in a mixture of stainless steel and a large (3,000L) old French foudre. Post ferment it spent 24 months on lees (dead yeasts cells), before being bottled and left to age at the winery for a further decade, resulting in a beautiful balance between the residual sugar and acid. The finished wine is 12.5% alcohol and sealed with screw cap. It has 18.5g/L of residual which is considered off-dry, however the acidity balances it perfectly so the sensation is one of richness rather than sweetness.
Wow. This really is an incredible wine. When I spoke with Angus Mitchell a few days ago he described it as “rich, complex and yummy” and I have to agree.
"The chance to pick up a mature Clare Valley Riesling for this sort of money is one that no one should miss. You’ll either be a fan of the style, which makes this a no-brainer, or it will be new to you. in which case, you have a treat ahead. Do not miss it. No further cellaring needed, but it will surely go another decade if you do want to put it aside. 2012 was always a highly regarded vintage and it is easy to see why. This wine comes from a single vineyard, never irrigated, which sits above their Watervale vines. Fermented in both French oak and stainless steel before ageing in a 3,000 litre oak barrel, on lees. A lovely deep gold colour, the maturity of this wine gives aromas of lemon butter on toast, florals, ripe stone fruit, beeswax and freshly sliced pineapples. This is a seamless Riesling, still offering a flick of good acidity. Great intensity and great length, this is a superb mature white."
96 points, Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot, Sep 2021.
“Deep golden-yellow colour: a mature riesling with powerful, complex bouquet of buttered toast slathered with lime and grapefruit marmalade. Some nutty overtones, too. It’s rich and full-bodied, loaded with flavour and backed by impressive structure which includes a certain tannin backbone, which contributes to a very long carry. The finish is clean and dry and resonant. A monumental riesling, now fully mature.”
96 points, Huon Hooke, Nov 2019 (great score from a notoriously hard marker).