96 Points and Top 100 Wines 2014 James Halliday
Riesling Pemberton Western Australia
Bellarmine are expert at Riesling and famously produce three different interpretations, each with its own story and appeal. One of very few vineyards in Pemberton to grow Riesling, no doubt indulging the German ancestry of proprietors Dr Willi and Gudrun Schumacher. Grapes are exclusively sourced from the estate property, planted by hand in 2000, vines are trained to receive maximum exposure from sunshine throughout the growing season.
Vineyard soils are red gravel laterite and vines are trained to vertical shoot positioning. Grapes are harvested in the cool of the night at optimum flavour levels. Vinified from the first free run juices taken after the initial crush and from the light pressing of skins. The latter component contributes greater depth of ripe flavours which suit the slightly sweeter style. Vinified in fermenters at cool temperatures, oak is avoided and the natural expression of fruit is optimised. A sudden chill to arrest ferments is timed when there's a single baume of sugar remaining. This stops the yeast cells and achieves a slightly sweeter palate so very appealing to enthusiasts of complex and engaging Riesling wines.
Pale straw hue. White flowers, limes and spice on the bouquet, aromatic and crisp, a fully elegant Riesling wine. A clean, perfectly balanced palate, full of citrus and floral flavours supported by minerality, splendid length of flavour before a crisp, clean finish. Enjoy this captivating style alongside moreton bay bugs or WA marron, dressed in wine and mornay sauce.