"Polish Hill River is renowned for producing Riesling of elegance, and the 2021 No.2 is no exception. The bouquet is awash with aromas of Granny Smith apple, jasmine and rose, while the palate bursts with bright citrus notes dancing lithely over a grounded flint-like minerality. The palate is softly slippery with bright natural acidity imparting exceptional length and a clean, crisp finish." John Huges.
"Bright, pale yellow colour, with a very attractive flowery bouquet: gardenia, dried flowers, perhaps boronia. The palate is intense and refined, crisp and linear, with lovely flowing harmony and length. Clean, soft but dry finish. A beautiful young riesling."
96 points. Huon Hooke (The Real Review)
“Fruit from the Polish Hill River vineyard, 5kms south of the Clare township. Crushed rock minerals are peppered into the fine, saline fruit. This is elegant and restrained, with layers of subtle flavour that reveal themselves over the course of drinking. What a wonderful wine – minerally and taut, with chalky phenolic structure that binds the fruit in place. While this is not the most complex wine in the lineup, it has so many different facets of flavour that it is impossible to underestimate. Just wait for the length of flavour to recede: you'll be waiting a while.”
96 points. Erin Larkin (James Halliday Wine Companion)
Over 10 years John has amassed quite a haul of awards, including gold medals, trophies, plenty of high scores and praise from critics. Not surprisingly, Halliday rates him 5 stars. Every year there’s some new gong and this year’s no different, with John being awarded:
- Barossa Winemaker of the Year 2021.
- Huon Hooke Top 52 Wineries of 2021 (the only Clare winery included).
- Gourmet Traveller Wine Best Barossa Small Cellar door 2021.
- Gourmet Traveller Wine, Finalist for Winemaker of the Year 2021 (announced 30th Sep).
And all for a fellow who only makes riesling. Incredible!
I’ve been eagerly awaiting John’s 2021 release - there’s been a lot of talk about how incredible vintage 2021 has been, especially in South Australia. Conditions were perfect so I’m sure we’ll hear more accolades as 2021 wines start coming to market.