This wine is the essence of what the Great Southern has to offer for Riesling. Sourced from four individual sub-regions of the Great Southern where each plays a role in bringing different characters to the overall wine. The lifted floral and rose petal aromas (essence of Mount Barker) are perfectly balanced on a central citrus/lime core (Albany, Porongurup influence) with talcy acidity and textural mid-palate weight (Frankland River). There are some very attractive nuances of perfumed stone fruit and crushed wildflowers. Typical of Great Southern Rieslings, the wine is very attractive in its youth but the biggest smiles will be with those who have the patience to cellar for 10-15 years.
Seafood or aromatic Asian cuisine.
Tasting notes (PDF download)
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, MB2013, POR2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007
2019 has been a real roller coaster of vintage with freak weather events, lower than expected crops and plagues of animals. Winter rains over the Great Southern were steady and provided the vines with good soil moisture which allowed the vine to power on into a dry and mild spring. Frost hit some low lying vineyards in the Frankland River wine-growing area hard destroying crops and reducing yields. The weather during the grape ripening into early vintage was more mild than average, with notably colder nights.
The fruit was harvested in the cool of night to preserve fruit intensity and minimal delay in processing time. Some pre-pressing cold maceration occurred to maximise mid palate texture. Early separation of free run and pressings (~490L/T) allowed for the delicacy of the variety to be preserved and minimise phenolics. Only free run juice was used for this wine. Fermentation was carried out under temperature controlled conditions (12-14°C) using R-HST yeast to dryness.
Residual Sugar: 3.5g/L
Date picked: 20th March 2019
T/A: 10.9 g/L
Date picked: 13th March 2019
T/A: 9 g/L
Date picked: 14th March 2019
T/A: 9.1 g/L