2019 Single Vineyard Selection Riesling
Quartz like in colour with green highlights. Expressive aromatics of lemons and limes with floral and spice notes. The palate shows intense grapefruit and minerality with driving structure, it is clean and crisp with delicate lemon sherbet on the finish. Made from a high elevation Eden Valley vineyard this wine is balance and highly drinkable now but will age well in the cellar.
Harvested during the cool of night at optimal maturity. The grapes were destemmed and pressed off immediately with the free run portion seperated for the Single Vineyard Series Riesling. Fermentation was carried out at cool temperatures to retain the viabrancy of the fruit. This was fermented to dryness and has had no malolactic fermentation. This wine has has minimal fining and filtration.
The 2019 vintage in the Barossa can be summed up with two key points; low yields and high quality.Winter in 2018 was extremely dry and with high winds, frost and rain at flowering the Thorn-Clarke vineyards had a lot to contend with. As a result the vines had a very small amount of bunches and small amount of berries per bunch. Low yield though lead to concentration of varietal characters in the bunches and the berries produced this year were intense in fragrance & flavour. Best of all they have an amazing balance. Truly 2019 will sit alongside the greatest vintages the Barossa has seen this century.
90 Points – Bob Campbell MW 2020
Attractively aromatic riesling with bright, lime-citrus and subtle wildflower flavours supported by punchy acidity. An accessible and appealing wine now but should develop well with bottle-age.
94 Points – Tony Love, Wine Pilot 2020
The wine drills down to its source within one of the variety’s most revered regions, and because of that site specification the wine has everything boffiny riesling fans look for. Read that as an uncommon purity and drive from the moment you greet the glass, cut lime aromas followed by totally connected yellow-green citrus fruit bite, neatly controlled yet prominent and pithy in feel. That’s the minerality of the variety many tasters refer to, rounding out a delicious, crisp and flavourful wine. Drink with fried crumb fish and chippery – the acidity will balance out any undue fattiness.
94 Points – Halliday Wine Companion Cellaring Selections 2020
Night-harvested, free-run juice only, minimal finingand filtration. Seriously good wine, with even more to come over the next 5 years.
95 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2020
It’s fabulously fruited and pristine on the nose showing white flesh nectarine, blossom and lime peel aromas, leading to a finely textured palate that’s splendidly focused and persistent. The wine offers excellent fruit purity together with bright acidity, finishing impressively long and linear.
Mt Crawford, Block 5