2013 Sandpiper Riesling


The wine has lifted perfumed floral and lime characters on the nose. The palate is flavoursome but has finesse. Primary citrus characters are balanced with a subtle musk spice. The wine has a backbone of minerally acid which persists after the wine has left the mouth.

Vinification Notes

Harvest was carried out at night. The fruit was pressed (using an airbag press) within an hour of harvest. Care was taken not to lose the delicate Riesling aromas and flavour pre-cursors in the juice. After settling, the juice was warmed and inoculated with a neutral yeast selected for its ability to respect the purity of Riesling.

Post fermentation the wine was stabilised, minimally fined, filtered then bottled.

Vintage Notes

Spring rainfall was well below average with several days reaching 30°C. The growing season had even temperatures and little rainfall.

Ripening was slow and steady leading to the development of good floral characters and the fruit retaining its natural acidity.

Harvest occurred in the third week of March (within two days of the 2012 harvest date).



April 2013

Top Gold at 2013 Adelaide wine Show

Gold at 2014 International Aromatic Wine Competition

Silver at the 2015 Hong Kong International Wine Challenge

Silver at 2014 New World Wine Awards (NZ)

Silver at 2013 International Wine and Spirit Challenge

Bronze at 2013 Barossa Wine Show

Bronze at 2014 Sydney Royal Wine Show

Bronze at 2013 Hobart Wine Show

Bronze at 2013 Melbourne Wine Show

Bronze at 2013 Perth Wine Show

Bronze at 2014 The International Wine Challenge

James Halliday's Top Value Wines $20 and Under, Wine Companion Magazine Feb/March 2014 Issue

91 Points: "A well-made wine, built around a structure of minerally acidity, lime and lemon providing the flesh to go on the bones."


91 Points: 'When I tasted this in September 2013 I said the future is bright according to my reckoning but that future will not start until around the end of February 2014. I think this is a very good wine indeed and it's worth an easy 91 points, but if drunk too soon the $19 asked will be considered expensive and the drinker may be disappointed. However, if not drunk until some time into 2014 it's a bargain and I'm sure at least three more points to come.'


90 Points: ‘Pale yellow. Spicy, floral and bright on the highly perfumed nose, offering scents of citrus peel and green apple. Spicy, firm and light in body, with intense flavours of bitter lemon, lime pith and chalky minerality. Zesty, firm and long on the lime-tinged finish.’


88 Points: ‘This is one of my go-to wineries for top values from the Barossa Valley in Australia. The Thorn family has been growing grapes since the 1870’s, and the quality of these wines are impressive. Moreover, the prices are almost ridiculously low, making these wines frequent entries in The Wine Advocate. A strong effort, the dry 2013 Riesling Mt. Crawford offers up hints of spring flowers, green apple skins, wet rocks and honey. Medium-bodied and crisp with authentic Riesling aromas and flavours, it can be enjoyed over the next several years.’

The West Australian, Thursday 28th of November

92 Points: "The high altitude cooler climes of the Eden Valley are ideal for riesling. This is typically minerally with a little lemon-scented blossom in there. The palate is still restrained but approachable with a terrific natural acidity sustaining the finish. Excellent wine for the shorter term."

Tony Love, Daily Telegraph, Tuesday 21/01/2014

4 Stars: "Beautiful riesling aromas, like limes and green apple juice, honey, lemons and subtle blossom, all concentrate here in the mouth for a bag load of flavour while remaining crisp, thirst quenching and more-ish, with a light minerally finish. Get it cold and bring on any seafood."

Adelaide Review Hottest 100 wines for 2013

"Imagine a stroll across a field of lavender with citrus tree lines, which embrace the palate toward a crisp line of acidity. Yum."

Region : 

Eden Valley

Vineyards : 

Mount Crawford

Bottled : 

July 2013

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Tasting Notes