2021 was an outstanding vintage in the Clare and it really shows in the quality of this delightful wine. The fruit was handpicked and gently crushed, with only the free-run juice collected. It was fermented using natural yeasts in stainless steel tanks to retain as much freshness as possible. Post ferment, it was left to sit on the fine lees (dead yeast cells) for a few months, which served to soften the natural acidity and make the wine more balanced, textured and approachable. The finished wine is dry, 13.5% alcohol and sealed with screwcap.
In the glass, this is a clear pale gold. On the nose, pineapple, lemon and green grass aromas are embellished by a richer leesiness. On the palate, zingy lemon acidity complements tropical fruit notes. Lees contact ensures nice weight and mouthfeel. Skillful balance between acid and fruit.
"A quality winemaker, a classic year and a regional speciality grape. What else could you want? Absolutely nothing. A top riesling here showcasing Watervale’s celebrated elegance combined with steely resolve. Bouquet of lemon balm, citrus oil, lime cordial and zest. Make that VERY limey and so Clare! Striking citrus – imagine sucking on a lemon drop or pastille with a mouth-puckering fruit intensity – marries perfectly to the (still) emerging succulent texture. As with all young Clare Valley rieslings, racy acidity is the driver and key. Rest assured, it’s in place and in preparation for years of excellent drinking."
94 points, Jenni Port, Wine Pilot.
"Pale colour. Fragrant lemon curd, lime, camomile aromas with herb garden notes and a hint of tonic water. Beautifully concentrated wine with lovely lemon curd, grapefruit lime flavours, some tonic water notes, fine lacy slightly al dente textures and long fresh crisp acidity. Lovely density and line. Now – 2030 12.5% alc."
96 points, Andrew Caillard MW.