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2017 'Drs' Cut' Reserve Riesling

A staunch, tight and bright Riesling - the best we make.

Nick Walker Winemaker
$35.00
  • Wine Club Members Price
  • Vegan

Variety

Riesling

Region

Clare Valley

Food Pairing

Seafood

Vintage

2017

Colour

Straw with green tinges.

Bouquet

Honeysuckle, white florals, bath salts, musk and fennel.

Palate

Pure and intense. Abundant mineral notes and floral freshness with zesty lemon and lime.

Ageing Potential

Vibrant and flavoursome yet lean when young. Enjoy with careful cellaring for 8 - 10 years.

Vineyard

Two heart surgeons from Adelaide own the Doctors' Vineyard in Polish Hill River. Grey loam soils over sandstone and slate make up the profile, with the top soil littered with rock; hinting at just how tough the vines need to be to sustain growth and produce quality fruit. Polish Hill River is ideal for this style, with its high perfume and minerality, and this original 41-year-old Riesling planting was always destined for something special.

Vinification

Fruit is harvested in the cool of the night, de-stemmed, crushed and the must held on skins for 24 hours. The juice is then drained and gently pressed resulting in a fine free-run cut and a pressings component, kept separately in stainless steel tanks. Adopting a European style of winemaking, this wine is fermented on 'full solids', using a natural yeast flora present in the vineyard. A cool, temperature controlled fermentation is carried out over 10-14 days. Weekly lees stirring over six months adds another layer of complexity and texture to this reserve Riesling.

Technical Details

Alcohol - 12.5%

pH - 2.90

Acidity - 7.0g/L

Awards

95 points - The Real Review

"Light yellow colour, bright. The bouquet has some oyster-shell notes, some vanilla and the beginnings of toasted nut. Citrus pith aromas. There is good flavour and softenss, character and length. It's starting to build complexity. The mandarin and lemon flavours linger in tandem with really lovely texture. Refreshing acidity. A note of Bickford's lime cordial. Harmonious. An excellent riesling." - Huon Hooke

94 points (silver) - Halliday Wine Companion

"Has an extra layer of fruit held in place by an extra slice of minerally acidity. The citrus/green apple duo provides the all-important mid-palate fruit, which is shared with the acidity on the finish. Very good wine." - James Halliday

Notable Releases

June 2013

Our 2013 Polish Hill River Riesling was drinking wonderfully on release, delicately perfumed and textured with orange rind, lemon and lime. This wine, which was scored 96 points by the Halliday Wine Companion, will continue to develop wonderfully with age (if you can keep your bottles around for that long).

David O'Leary Winemaker

2008

Vibrant and flavoursome, this wine displays great purity of lime and lemon with hints of musk and fennel. Adopting a European style of winemaking, this Riesling was fermented on 'full solids', using a natural yeast flora present in the vineyard in the final stages. Weekly lees stirring over six months adds another layer of complexity and texture to this 'reserve style' Riesling.

David O'Leary Winemaker