Riesling Clare Valley South Australia
Neil Paulett is one of Clare Valley's most distinguished growers with decades of history in the winemaking industry. He hand picks and reserves stocks of Polish Hill River Riesling from outstanding vintages to mature quietly under the estate cellars for some years, to evolve and bloom into all those wonderful, inimitably aged Riesling expressions. Bottled in the August after vintage and kept under the Paulett cellars until current release, a rewarding experience alongside king george whiting, garfish, quenelles or white meat terrines.
In his quest for the finest site in Valley Clare, Neil Paulett acquired a property with vines over a century old, which had been managed by a single family of growers since the 1860s. Polish Hill Riesling of the finest quality, the fruit of an exceptional growing season. There are five separate sites from which to source, vines are grown to altitudes of 500 metres, planted to favourable easterly aspects. Soils tend from shallow red and grey loams over a slate blue stone substrata. Grapes are crushed and pure first run juices are cold settled for clarification before fermenting at an even rate over the course of two to three weeks, ensuring optimal flavour retention and preserving the outstanding quality of harvest.
Light straw with hues of gold. Maturing fragrances of honey and toast on the bouquet, a clean crispness. Developing some honey, toast and richer flavours on the palate, supported by underlying lime citrus notes, a delightful freshness of mineral acid through the palate and carrying through to the beautifully aromatic finish.