Gleeson & Co Clare Valley Riesling 2017


Gleeson & Co Clare Valley Riesling 2017


Growing Conditions

The 2017 Season was shaped by heavy spring rains which delayed development leading to a later and thereby cooler vintage, provided a fuller satiated soil profile leading to large vine growth and consequent fruit shading, yield and potential. Further regular rain events leading up to veraison kept the vines motoring and the potential for disease high.

Thankfully the autumn period was remarkably dry allowing ripening to proceed without disease pressure. The overall result was highish yields, distinctly varietal purity of flavour and elegant structures.


With the utmost attention to the selection of a harvest date the grapes were all picked between midnight and 8am when the temperatures are at their coolest. Crushing and pressing of the chilled fruit occurred immediately  with the aim of achieving the quickest separation of juice from the skins with the minimum complication or physical harm to the skins. A generous pressings cut was made and only the free-run was used for this wine. A neutral efficient yeast was selected for the fermentation of clean juice.

Fermentation was very controlled at cool temperatures. Anaerobic winemaking occurred after fermentation prior to bottling in July 2017

 Winemaking Notes

Pale straw in colour. Aromas of lime, lemon thyme and orange blossom, with hints of eucalyptus and fermentation esters. The palate has a fineness, purity and elegance that sets it up for a long life. It is quite dry, but the acidity is seamlessly integrated with the fruit to give a long even finish.

Analysis -pH 3.00 | Alc. 11.0% | TA 8.0g/l

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