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2019 Watervale Riesling

A terrific growing season in 2019 produced Rieslings of powerful intensity.

Nick Walker Winemaker
$25.00
  • Wine Club Members Price
  • Vegan

Variety

Riesling

Region

Clare Valley

Food Pairing

Seafood

Vintage

2019

Colour

Pale green straw.

Bouquet

The purity of fruit is a standout, with kaffir limes, citrus and a hint of fennel.

Palate

Our Watervale Riesling boasts bold notes of lime and citrus, with a beautifully balanced finish and lovely natural acidity.

Ageing Potential

Drink now to enjoy the freshness of a young Riesling, or cellar carefully and be rewarded in the next 15-20 years.

Vineyard

This vineyard has classic Watervale soils - red loam over limestone with a westerly aspect. A dry grown vineyard - meaning it relies only on natural rainfall - the vines are hand-pruned and fruit hand-picked. The limestone allows the soil to retain moisture, which assists the wine throughout periods of warm weather, almost drought-proofing in the summer months. Viticultrual practices include vertical shoot positioning, which not only encourages even ripening but provides important shade to prevent the impact of sunburn on the wine.

Vinification

Fruit is harvested by hand and stored undercover, with approximately seven tonnes being picked in one day. The fruit is de-stemmed and crushed then gently pressed, resulting in a fine free-run cut and a pressings component, which are handled separately. The free-run juice is chilled to preserve the vineyard expression and purity of fruit. Once the juice has settled, it is racked off solids and seeded with yeast. A cool, temperature-controlled fermentation is carried out over 10-14 days.

Technical Details

Alcohol - 12.5%

pH - 3.35

Acidity - 6.5g/L

Awards

Gold Medal - Sydney International Wine Competition

93 points - Halliday Wine Companion

"7t per day hand-picked and stored under cover, destemmed juice cold-stored, rack off solids, cool-fermented 10-14 days. Has strong citrus/green apple fruit base tied together with good acidity, the overall balance likewise good." - James Halliday

Notable Releases

2018

Rated 95 points by The Real Review, a great vintage in the Clare Valley has produced a perfectly balanced Riesling with notes of lemon and lime zest.

David O'Leary Winemaker

2016

Minimal winemaker impact has produced a pure, vineyard defined wine with intense citrus, refreshing acidity and beautiful balance.

David O'Leary Winemaker

2012

The crisp characters of our 2012 Watervale Riesling are the result of a standout vintage. This wine received Top Gold Medal at the 2012 Royal Adelaide Wine Show (Class 5) and Gold Medal at the 2012 Royal Queensland Wine Show (Class 1).

Nick Walker Winemaker