How many incarnations of Riesling are possible for John Hughes aka The Riesling Freak? Sekt is German for sparking wine and John's No.9 is a sparkling Riesling, a rarity in Australia. The fruit for this wine comes from John's family vineyard in the Clare Valley, which is picked early to ensure high natural acidity. The wine is made using the Traditional Method, which is the same as that used in Champagne. After the second fermentation it spends between 18-24 months on lees (dead yeast cells) allowing for the development of additional complexity. The wine has 2.5g/l residual sugar, which means it's dry.
"Kerosene, toast, apricot and ginger notes mark the beginning of maturity in this crunchy and dry riesling of classic Clare Valley lime and granny smith apple fruit. Hints of tropical fruits and mixed spice make for a complex style with a dry and firm finish," James Halliday.