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.
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.