2012 Sandpiper Riesling
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 a lovely crisp and clean mouthfeel, balanced with citrus fruits and natural acidity.
Crushed, de-stemmed and then pressed using a membrane press. Pressings were not used and ferment commenced using French yeast at 12-15 degrees celcius. The ferment was kept slow and cool to retain all the natural flavours and aromatic qualities. The wine was racked, filtered and then bottled soon afterwards so the wine was a true expression of the grape/terroir from which it was made.
The 2012 vintage was preceded by a cool summer and above agerage rainfall during the winter months. Excellent picking conditions for the Mount Crawford white wines produced fine and delicate flavours typical of the Eden Valley. The mild conditions ensured the reds could be harvested during the night and early mornings without heat compromising quality.
Several warmer weeks in January and February ensured the red developed excellent colour and fruit character whilst maintaining good acid structure and overall balance. Vintage 2012 was a 'light' year with yields of both reds and whites 20-30% below what would normally be expected.
Silver at 2012 Queensland Wine Show
Bronze at 2013 International Wine Challenge
Bronze at 2012 Canberra International Riesling Challenge
Bronze at 2012 Hobart Wine Show
Bronze at 2012 Perth Wine Show
Jeremy Oliver Australian Wine Annual 2014
89 Points: 'Impactful and profoundly textured, with a floral, slightly confectionary and chalky bouquet of lime juice and lemon pith that precedes a juicy, marginally sweet palate whose generous depth and length of flavour overlies a chalky, briny backbone. It finishes austere, with pleasing balance and freshness.'
Wine Spectator, September Issue, 2013
James Halliday's Top Cellaring selections of 2013
91 Points: There is a spicy dryness that runs right through the palate, bolstered by persistent, although balanced, acidity. A wine begging for time in bottle, its long future laid out for all to see.
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, 100 Top new release wines.
92 Stars: 'The aromas are minerally and restrained, with slaty notes, building a hint of ginger/spice as it airs. It's delicate and understated in the mouth, with chalky texture and a hint of lemon-pith. Dry, mineral and borderline austere in its youth.'
Winsor Dobbin, The Sydney Examiner, 2 December 2012
Most of the quality rieslings from classic regions are now nudging above the $20 mark, which makes this wine from a very good Eden Valley producer something of a bargain. This is from a particularly good vintage and made by rising star Helen McCarthy, formerly of Taylors in the Clare Valley. The bouquet is both floral and spicy, the palate fresh and clean with characteristic citrus notes and plenty of fresh, cleansing acidity. A great drink for a warm summer afternoon.
Adelaide Review Hottest 100, November 2012
Great length, orange zest, talcy and spicy with touch of weight that really pleases.
Taste Top 100 Wines, November 2012
Introducing quintessential Eden Valley riesling, this captures the character of a grand season in a value-for-money package. The lime blossom perfume, kaffir lime spice, crunchy granny smith apples and subtle mineral texture of this purity are usually only seen in more expensive rieslings.
Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, September 2012
92 Points: 'This Barossa- and Eden Valley- based family winery produces a very consistent range of quality wines, of which the Sandpiper line represents excellent value – especially the Riesling. A little of 2002 tasted recently showed what fine wines they are and how well they hold with age. The colour is pale, the aromas are minerally and restrained, with slaty notes, building a hint of ginger and spice as it airs. It’s delicate and understated in the mouth, with chalky texture and a hint of lemon pith. Dry, mineral and borderline austere in its youth, it’s tightly wound and promises much for the future. You can enjoy it with simply cooked fish now, though. Drink now to 2020 and beyond.'
Tyson Stelzer, September 2012
93 Points: 'This is quintessential 2012 Eden Valley Riesling, capturing the flattering personality of a grand season in a value-for-money package. A bouquet of lime blossom perfume and kaffir lime spice is reminiscent of many of the more expensive Rieslings of the vintage. The palate follows a similar form, with crunchy granny smith apple and tense lime zest fruit of impressive concentration and purity. Taut acidity lingers long on the finish, amidst subtle mineral texture.'
The Age, August 2012
4 Stars: 'From Mount Crawford at the southern end of South Australia's Eden Valley, Thorn-Clarke's Sandpiper wines are great value. This soon-to-be-released 2012 riesling has a musky, floral nose with suggestions of apple, lime and cinnamon. The palate is very dry and savoury with good length and a firm backbone.'