Vineyard Selection - Watervale Riesling 2015

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Vineyard Selection - Watervale Riesling 2015


Region - Watervale, Clare Valley, South Australia

Vineyard - The fruit for this wine was sourced from the WSS Vineyard and Darry Honey’s Vineyard, both located in the Watervale sub region of the Clare Valley. These vineyards are in close proximity but produce vastly different wines. When blended they give the perfect balance of finesse and fruit quality. Both vineyards have soils of red loam on east facing slopes with east to west row orientation to maximize daily sunlight.

Growing Conditions - Adequate winter rains followed by a dry budburst meant an early vintage. Low crops and good canopies ensured rapid ripening and delicate flavour development. Vineyards maintained good shoot length, canopy coverage and bunch numbers. A great vintage for maintaining delicate fruit and nervy natural acidity. The 2015 vintage will be well remembered as being the shortest and most compact vintage Clare has seen.

Winemaking - Harvested at night in cool temperatures, the grapes were top loaded to a tank press to minimize oxidation and maceration. After gentle pressing the free run juice was cool fermented in stainless steel for 18 days. After fermentation the wine was cold filtered and bottled immediately to retain freshness and varietal expression. Minimal intervention allowed the varietal and vineyard provenance to shine.

Winemakers tasting notes - The 2015 Watervale Riesling has elegant, lifted aromas of white flowers, freshly squeezed lime juice and hints of sherbet. The palate bursts alive with citrus and slate mineral notes. Lemon and lime juice with a touch of musk line the palate while a fine and mineral like acidity focuses the fruit. This wine has all the hallmarks of classic Watervale Riesling at its best. This is a wine that will benefit from time in the bottle, developing complexity over the next five years.

Analysis - pH 3.11 | Alc. 12.6% | TA 6.8g/l

Gold, 2015 Wine Showcase Magazine Riesling Varietal Tasting
94 pts, 2017 James Halliday Wine Companion
Silver, 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards  
4 stars, Winestate Riesling Tasting – Wine of the Year Special Edition 2015

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