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)
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, MB2013, POR2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007
The 2018 was as close to perfect as we have ever seen in Western Australia. Good winter rains and mild early Spring weather allowed the vines to establish healthy canopies and well balanced fruit loads. The mild/sunny weather continued with little in the way of extremes allowing for minimal disease pressure and even ripening and flavour development. A near perfect Autumn enabled picking to occur at optimum flavour and sugar development. We are expecting great things from this vintage.
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: 1st March 2018
Date picked: 1st April 2017
Date picked: 9th March 2018
Date picked: 10th March 2018