Riesling Clare Valley South Australia
St Francis Xavier is really made in the vineyard. Fruit is sourced from a prized parcel at Sevenhill that captures the very essence of Clare Valley Riesling. St Francis Xavier is grown and made with great devotion to the preservation of flavours nurtured in the vineyard. The highly regarded clone from Geisheim is planted to a protected site, a block referred to as Herr Weikert.
Available in cartons of six
Sevenhill Cellars are nestled among the vineyards close to St Aloysius Church. Herr Weikert Block's red brown loam soils and cool, sheltered aspect are key elements in achieving the balanced growth and fine Riesling attributes of St Francis Xavier. The winemaking focus is on preservation of pristine fruit characters that develop during ripening of the berries. Grapes are picked during the coolest part of day, gently pressed and fermented at a very low temperature. Great care is taken to settle and bottle the wine quickly, ensuring the vineyard's signature flavours are captured. It's the aim each year to release St Francis Xavier after twelve months in bottle, just as the glorious fruit characters begin to emerge.
Citrus green hues. Concentrated elegant perfume indicates the finesse of the St Aloysius style. In the mouth, the wine combines the fresh zest of citrus flavours with the toasty, nutty character that comes from bottle age. Mouthfuls of citrus fruit combine with enticing minerality, assertively astringent and a touch of lime, talcy yet pleasingly drying.