A minimalist approach to Riesling is the key to allow the vineyard to express itself through the high quality of the fruit. The grapes are harvested between 11.0 and 11.5 Baume and 9-10g/L of acid. Hand harvesting is carried out in the early hours of the morning to keep the fruit cool and maintain quality and pristine fruit characters. Only free run juice and light pressings are used. The juice is kept cold and allowed to settle naturally - there is no filtration. The juice is racked off solids once it is bright and clear, allowed to warm to ambient temperature and then inoculated with a selected yeast strain. The ferment is maintained at 13 – 15°C over three weeks. This allows for maximum fruit character to be retained. After fermentation, the wine is stabilised and minimal fining (isinglass) is used. The wine is then lightly filtered and bottling carried out as soon as possible.
Picked by hand February 21st, 2020
Very Pale lemon, watery colour.
Lifted grapefruit juice and bath salt characters are backed by orange blossom notes.
A dry, light bodied style of Riesling with a zippy structure and purity of fruit running through the core of the wine. Intense flavours of freshly squeezed lemon and pink grapefruit are evident. The 2020 displays purity, drive, and balance with a very long finish.
Drink now or cellar for up to 15 years.
95pts — Ray Jordan
94pts — James Halliday
93pts — Angus Hughson
“Another distinctive and compelling Riesling from this wonderful small producer. The nose is a mix of spiciness and lemon zest with a squeeze of lime. Then there is a fine, aged minerality and crisp acidity that focuses the finish. Lip-smacking juicy character on the palate.”
"No mistaking the distinctive and powerfully invasive aroma of Riesling from the first sniff. Lime and lemon blossom notes are just as engaging. The glorious palate delivers such precise and intense citrus and spicy minerality. It’s a compelling combination with a friendly, delicate acid that sustains a very long finish. Outstanding wine.”
— Ray Jordan
“The fruit here has that intense muscularity that riesling from the region can have; it speaks of lychee, red apple, sea salt, nutmeg, citrus pith and white nectarine, all backed by fine, chalky phenolics. A lot going on, good length of flavour and a satisfying eucalypt spritz through the finish, making it savoury as well as concentrated. Brilliant.”
— James Halliday
“Made by local star winemaker Rob Diletti, this wine has a typically pale colour showcasing its youthful vitality and is packed full of personality with exotic guava, circus, spice and musky fruits. It is then dry, textural and acid driven – citrus flavours are lifted by stony complexity with layer after layer of fruit complexity. It is powerful, long and well balanced suggesting good ageing potential although is already delicious to match up with salt and pepper calamari hot off the barbecue.”
— Angus Hughson