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The mean gravelly soils and invigorating climes of Mount Barker of the Australian southwest, were identified during the 1960s by the world's leading viticulturalists, as a place uncannily similar to the great terroirs and clime of Bordeaux. The pioneering vines of Forest Hill were the first ever planted here, sired from rootstock of ancient Houghton clones, inaugurally vintaged by the illustrious Jack Mann in 1972. The Cabernet and Riesling of Forest Hill were promptly distinguished by multiple trophy victories and praised by gentleman James Halliday as the most remarkable wines to come out of the Australian west. Forest Hill have remained a source of the most profoundly structured, intensely focused, yet softly spoken range of wines. Powerful yet disciplined Cabernet, generously proportioned Malbec, august Chardonnay and mesmerising Riesling, all representing essential drinking and salient value, for every learned west coast gourmande in the.. Softly spoken wonders from the west»

Kirrihill Estates Watervale Riesling CONFIRM VINTAGE

Riesling Clare Valley South Australia
From the highly specialized Stanway family property at Watervale in Valley Clare. Such is the quality of fruit from this superlative site, that it presents a profound Riesling experience when isolated for bottling into a pure, single vineyard wine. Stanway has produced the most eminent medal winning vintages ever since the first crop. Luxurious mineral, talc and bright citrus characters feature prominently. As is expected of the Watervale style, the finish is clean and refined with great length of flavour. Enjoy with guinea fowl, whiting or coquilles St Jacques.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$215.00
Sourced off some splendid old vines, grown to one of Watervale's finest sites, the Stanway family's Slate Creek Vineyard Cuasin na Sleina, planted in the 1970s along a northeast southwest orientation to deep, red clay loam over limestone soils with pockets of slate at 350 metres above sea level. Grapes are harvested throughout the cool of night, each block being picked and processed separately, delivered promptly to the winery and crushed, destemmed and chilled prior to a gentle pressing. The free run juices are cool fermented followed by racking and stabilisation prior to a light filtration and bottling. The wine is handled as expeditiously as possible to retain Riesling's essential character and elegance.
Pale straw with supple green hues. A gentle swirl reveals aromas of lime, lemon and blossom on the nose. The palate will reward those with a penchant for an elegant and refined Riesling, lime juice and lemon zest are complemented by mineral and slate characters. At the riper end of the spectrum, a generosity of flavour and immediate drinkability.
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