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A lovely follow up to the beautiful 2015 Riesling. This is slightly more delicate with distinct florals, fennel spice and lemon zest aromas. As always the distinct acid framework lends itself to long cellering but it tis a lovely, light zesty wine right now.

At this stage it’s a terrific aperitif, those zesty flavours will go down well with lightly cooked or raw seafoods like scallop or kingfish tartare. You will find the food needs to have a fair whack of acid too so lemon or lime dressings are fab. Oysters, grilled until they just open and then stunned with a splash of a rice wine, ginger and spring onion vinaigrette would be something worthy of this young wine.

Are you kidding, with this acid structure you can leave this for decades, future civilisations will unearth this wine and think “Wow, there’s some serious acid here”


VARIETY  Riesling 100%

VINEYARD  Our estate, Barton (Murrumbateman), Wallaroo (Hall), Long Rail Gully (Murrumbateman) Johannsen (Tumbarumba)

SOIL  Varied but mostly the regional duplex, decomposed granite, red loamy clay

SLOPE  Varied

VINTAGE NOTES  Strange year, early heat, a little rain and then a very warm autumn.

WINEMAKING NOTES  All whole bunch pressed to settling tanks, then racked to stainless steel vats, temperature set at 15C. A pretty uneventful ferment and then cleaned up for an early bottling.

ANALYSIS  pH2.9, TA 8.3g/l, RS 4g/l, FSO2 20ppm. 

BOTTLED  12 June 2016

PRODUCTION  750 dozen