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2021 Watervale Riesling

2021 Watervale Riesling

An electric acid line and quintessential citrus flavours make this a standout vintage for our Watervale Riesling.

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

Variety

Riesling

Region

Clare Valley

Food Pairing

Seafood

Vintage

2021

Colour

Pale lemon with green hues.

Bouquet

Intense lime and lemon verbena. Musk, floals and fennel undertones.

Palate

Powerful yet fine citrus flavours, with hints of wild fennel spice. Electric acid line with wonderful purity of fruit and balance, plus a long persistent finish.

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 - 7.3g/L

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