Riesling Clare South Australia
Distinguished Langtons Classification. A sophisticated Riesling, floral and delicate and poised, Petaluma displays refreshing lemon and lime characters coupled with a wonderful balance which has been the hallmark of this elite vineyard since the inaugural 1979 vintage. Another great edition in a long succession of classy Clare Valley Rieslings from the distinguished Vineyard at Hamlin Hill.
At 1,670 feet above sea level compared with 1,330 feet for most other sites, Hanlin Hill enjoys the advantage of elevation and the cooling afternoon sea breezes. Hand picked Riesling is delivered to Petaluma for immediate processing. The bunches are de-stemmed, crushed and chilled to less than 5C then treated to Willmes tank presses. The free run juice is cold settled for a natural clarification then racked to fermentation tanks and inoculated. Fermentation is monitored over several weeks at temperatures of 10C to 13C rising to 15 or 17C over the last few grams of sugar. The wine is chilled to below 0C and the yeast allowed to settle. A gentle filtration retains all the fruit, dulcet aromas and flavours.
The 2008 edition has achieved the idyllic balance of low pH and high acid that winemakers dream about. Crisp in texture and generous in flavour, a delicate, floral wine displaying typical minerality and lemon lime intensity, and will develop into a classic vintage. Forward, mouth filling and generous, exceptional depth of layered fruit and distinctive characters abound, a seductive mouthful of bosc pear and white peaches, lime and green tea flavours. The passionfruit, pear and apple expressions are backed up by lovely intense lemon-limes with a slatey, minerality that lingers long and dry upon a highly polished finish, so typical of the Hanlin Hill Vineyard.