2015 Sandpiper Riesling
The colour is pale straw with a green hue on release. The aroma is fresh lifted lemon. Bright ripe lemon fruit characters dominate the palate and crisp minerally acid forms the backbone of the wine. The palate has rich citrus flavours, balanced by natural acidity and intense flavour. The wine has a refreshingly clean finish with long acid persistence.
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 precursors 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.
The 2015 Vintage was characterized by a dry period extending from July to April to-gether with warmer than usual temperatures during Spring until mid January.
Mild temperatures from mid January resulted in a slow ripening process, leading to the development of good floral characters and the fruit retaining its natural acidity.
Bronze at 2015 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Bronze at 2015 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2015 Royal Perth Wine Show
90 Points - Josh Reynolds, Vineous
Brilliant straw. High-pitched aromas of fresh citrus fruits, white flowers and chalky minerals, joined by an emerging hint of succulent herbs. Taut and sharply focused on the palate, offering bitter lime zest and quince flavors and a deeper melon note. Clean, racy and tense, delivering strong closing bite, stony persistence and a suave echo of honeysuckle.
93 Points - Gourmet Traveler "Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper is a great value brand, and the riesling is a perennial favourite. History shows it also ages well. There are straw and wildflower aromas with touches of spice and lots of appeal. Delicate, yet intense on the palete, it's refined and long."
93 Points / Silver Ribbon - Huon hooke
"Dried flower and straw aromas mingle with a touch of spice; the wine is very intense and yet also delicate in the mouth, with refined texture and a long persistence. The track-record shows it will also age well."