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2020 Watervale Riesling

2020 Watervale Riesling

Our 2020 Watervale has tremendous Riesling character - as good as the famous '02 vintage.

David O'Leary Winemaker
$25.00
  • Wine Club Members Price
  • Vegan

Variety

Riesling

Region

Clare Valley

Food Pairing

Seafood

Vintage

2020

Colour

Pale green straw.

Bouquet

Intense lime and citrus fruits.

Palate

Powerful citrus notes with a wonderful fruit weight and length, all balanced by beautiful natural acid.

Ageing Potential

Drink now or cellar for 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 - 3.02

Acidity - 7.0g/L

Awards

94 points - WBM - Australia's Wine Business Magazine

"Such a reliable and excellent wine. All tension and raciness, piercing acidity of the lemon-lime kind, a slosh of juicy apple character loaded with lemon blossom and frangipani perfume. So refreshing. Needle-like in its thrust across the palate. Finishes fine and lightly powdery. Exceptionally long. One for now for acid hounds, but will cellar a few decades with ease." - Mike Bennie

92 points (silver) - The Real Review

"Aromas of grated lime zest and lemon sherbet make a pure, clean introduction to this succulent mouthful. It's supported by firm extract, and lemony acidity reinforces the theme. A classic example of Watervale riesling." - Ralph Kyte-Powell

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