Riesling Clare South Australia
Daniel James Wilson would write DJW rules on school book covers, desks, garden edgings and wet concrete whenever the opportunity arose. In 1997 DJW established a small 5½ acre plot of Riesling in the highest and most fertile corner of the family property, appropriately named DJW Vineyard.
From inaugural vintage it became apparent that the fruit from DJW block was quite different. The larger vines produced bigger bunches and berries than those from Polish Hill River. Due to the differences in flavours and aroma, the decision was made to keep the harvests seperatel. DJW Riesling went on to claim a string of prestigious trophies. The grapes from DJW Vineyard are predominately hand picked and chilled, whole bunch pressed and coolly fermented. A synthetic fining agent known as Polyclar and filtration are employed to finish the wine crystal clear. Residual sugar levels are carefully controlled favouring a slightly higher level in the DJW Riesling to complement the bigger fruit typically found in the wine.
Pale gold colour. Aromas of citrus lemon tart and grapefruit with garden herbs. Lively upfront lemon zest with a slatey minerality not normally seen from this vineyard. Unmistakable Polish Hill River power on the palate, this vintage will be one for the long haul. There's enough mouthfeel to balance the sharpness of the acidity, great balance and structure, a slight weightyness, the dry finish hangs and hangs.