Gleeson & Co Clare Valley Riesling 2018


Gleeson & Co Clare Valley Riesling 2018


Growing Conditions

The 2018 Gleeson Riesling was once again grown by Darry Honey on his

Watervale vineyard. The vertical shoot position of the canopies on north

south rows with protection from afternoon winds provide elegant wellbalanced


After a long cold winter and dormancy, the vines sprung to life with

exceptional shoot growth in the spring months. Periods of hot dry weather

throughout December and January had the effect of pulling the vines back

into balance through leaf senescence. These hot dry spells were also

timed to thwart berry expansion leading to thick skins and small berry sizes

across most varieties. The maturation period was dry and mild allowing

tannins and flavours to develop without the panic. Overall 2018 is widely

considered a great Clare vintage.


In the winery we handle the fruit for this wine with the respect that hand

tended vines deserve. We achieve this by minimising skin contact,

separating pressing and giving the juice a long natural settling followed by

cool fermentation with cultured yeast.

 Winemaking Notes

The Gleeson & Co Riesling is pale straw in colour. The aroma is clean and

pure, displaying notes of kaffir lime, lemon zest and wet slate. The palate

shows a vibrant acidity around a core of zesty fruit, good length and a

balance that will see it age well.

Analysis -pH 2.95 | Alc. 11.5% | TA 6.6g/l

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