2017 Sandpiper Riesling
Pale straw with a subtle green gold hue. Lively citrus fruit, talc and bath salt aromas rise from the glass. Enticing freshly cut lime and floral notes flow across the palate, driven by a zesty and zingy acid line. A fine balance of minerality, fruit and acid creates a mouth puckering finish which leaves you salivating for another glass.
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.
An above average wet spring and cooler than average summer temperatures led to a later start to picking than normal. This combined with a long and mild ripening period meant that our fruit developed to a beautiful level of maturity on the vine. This has led to outstanding flavours and elegant, expressive wines.
Elite Gold at 2017 Canberra International Riesling Competition
Bronze at 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Silver at 2017 New Zealand International Wine Show
90 Points - Tyson Stelzer, The Barossa Mag, December 2017
Sandpiper captures all the presence and intensity of a long-ripening season, while upholding the tangy cut of cool Eden Valley evenings and the fragrant refinement of elegant Riesling. It's great value, and ready right away.
90 Points - Campbell Mattinson, Winefront
It’s a buoyant riesling. Delightful drinking. Ripe and cutting at once. Ever-so-fragrant. Lemon, lime and talc. Juice and rind. Mid-palate has plenty of flavour, in a varietal context, but the finish sings out clearly. Tip top value too.
17.5 Points - Raymond Chan, November 2017
Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour, very light on the edge. The nose is taut and elegantly presented with good depth of lime and lemon fruit, along with white florals and mineral nuances, revealing a little honeysuckle. The aromatics are steely and refreshing. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is tightly bound with elegantly concentrated flavours of limes and lemons, intermingling with honeysuckle and mouthwatering minerals. The fruit forms a fine core, and the wine flows with good linearity along a fine-textured line with soft acid liveliness, leading to a light, but lingering, nuanced finish of citrus fruits, florals and minerals. This is a taut dry Riesling with lime and lemon fruit entwined with mineral notes, showing a fine core and line, and a fresh, lingering dry finish. Serve as an aperitif, with shellfish and Asian fare over the next 4+ years.
94 Points – Decanter Magazine, April 2018
Elegance, purity and restraint define this wine, giving a Mosel-like character to the apple and juicy citrus fruit on a crisp, light bodied frame. A dry finish follows.
91 Points – Huon Hooke, January 2018
Green lime and fresh green herb aromas. The palate is delicate yet intense, with refinement and persistence. There is a juicy core of fruit sweetness. A bold, easy-to-like style of riesling.
95 Points – James Halliday’s Wine Companion
Estate grown and skilfully made to preserve the flowery, citrus fruits of the bouquet and palate. It is from the velvet glove and steel hand school, offering great varietal fruit now, and long into the future. It has the tactile acidity found in a few young Rieslings. Grows on you each time it is retasted.