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.
Mt Crawford, Block 5