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Riesling McLaren Vale South Australia
Darenberg's neighbours built a dam in 1992 which collected little water throughout the first dry winter. Rains arrived the following year but the dam was still unable to do its job, bad news for McLaren Vale farmers but perfect conditions for Darenberg's old, dry grown, low yielding vines. Time has made a gentle impression on Dry Dam 2008, almost eight years on, the nose is still full of lemon, lime and floral notes. Patiently aged under the Darenberg cellars until current release, vintage 2008 is drinking sublimely and will continue to do so for many years.
Growing season 2008 was a fabulous year for McLaren Vale whites, particularly Riesling, due to the intensity of flavour ripeness at such low levels of pH and high levels of natural acidity. It was an early start to vintage and one of the most exciting due to the extremely cool weather experienced through February. The Darenberg team knew that they had a very special harvest at hand and reserved the pick of crop for extended cellaring. Small batches of grapes were gently crushed, chilled and basket pressed. The fermentation was long and cool, arrested before reaching total dryness to ensure that residual sugar remains to balance the high mineral acidity. Alcohol 11.5%
Bright citrus hues. Citrus and lemon butter nose, jasmine and frangipani are evolving into honey suckle and beeswax, an overwhelming sense of freshness. Bursts onto the palate with fruit sweetness, instantly reeled back into line by the ever youthful and flinty acid, so evocative of strawberry sherbet. The palate remains sculpted by acid backbone, as the initially sweet fruit cedes we are left with fine flavours of honeycomb and green apple.