2009 Sandpiper Riesling


The wine is pale straw in colour. The nose is bright and lifted with lime juice, perfumed floral notes and honeysuckle characters. The palate is crisp, clean with vibrant, zingy lemon zest flavours combined with a hint of lime leaf. There is good mouthfeel, balanced with citrus fruits and natural acidity.

Vinification Notes

Crushed, de-stemmed and then pressed using a membrane press. Pressings were not used and ferment commenced using French yeast at 12-15 degrees Celsius. The ferment was kept slow and cool to retain all natural varietal flavours and aromatic qualities. The wine was racked, filtered and then bottled soon afterwards so the wine was a true expression of the grape/terrior from which it was made.

Vintage Notes

A drawn out ripening period occurred after the heat-wave during February and March due to much cooler average temperatures and partical leaf loss brought on by heat stress. Negligible rainfall in Janary and February and moderate temperatures due February and March produced near perfect ripening conditions. Rainfall in early March wasn’t a hindrance to ripening, but did allow irrigation to be reduced. Strong varietal Riesling characters were the result from this near perfect vintage season, bracing acidity and balancing fruit sweetness will ensure a long cellar life of ten years plus.


April 2009


Drink now or cellar comfortably for 10 plus years.

Silver at 2009 Royal Adelaide Wine Show

Fergus McGhie, Canberra Times, 17 February 2010

****$$$$$ Your cellar doesn’t need to be full of expensive reds that require decades before you can enjoy them. I’d be just as happy to try the Sandpiper Riesling with a few more years in bottle. It’s lovely talc and musk characters are classic Eden Valley, while, as you’d expect, the palate is clean and crisp, with plenty of citrus acidity to hold things together.

Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 January 2010

94 Points; Stunning Eden Valley Riesling at a bargain price. Green-lime and nettle like straw-hay aromas. The flavour is intense and lively with acidity that runs all the way through the palate and contributes to its considerable length. Crisp, tangy and finishes dry. Now – 6 years Food: Pan Fried Flathead

Winestate Special 2009 Edition

Top 40 ‘Best Buys’

Jane Faulkner, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 December 2009

‘Quaffing; a real taste of summer, this refreshing Riesling is full of Eden Valley floral notes and is also spicy with citrus notes to the fore. There’s nothing harsh, with a fresh cleansing acidity that leaves the palate clean and wanting another sip’

Ralph Kyte-Powell, Melbourne Age, 1 December 2009

5* Rating; ‘Thorn-Clarke’s Sandpiper range is such good value that I’ve decided to include two of them this week. This Riesling is easily the equal of wines of much greater pedigree and a zillion times better than most inexpensive pinot grigios and sauvignon blancs. Buy it by the case. It opens with a classic Eden Valley aroma that’s delicately perfumed with floral scents, gentle spice and lime pastille like fruit. The refined lime-like flavour has good depth with attractive lemony like acidity to enhance its sherbetty mid-palate freshness. It signs off with a long gently fragrant aftertaste. A fantastic bargain’

James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au, November 2009

94 Points; An aromatic lime-infused bouquet, then a totally delicious palate, with bright lime juice flavours and a crisp finish built around well-balanced acidity. Screwcap.
12.5% alc Drink 2019 $16.95 Date Tasted Nov 09

Region : 

Eden Valley

Bottled : 

June 2009

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Tasting Notes