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2019 Crawford River Riesling
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- Cellar Drink Now - 8 years (2021-2029)
- ABV 13%
- Closure: Stelvin
The fruit for this wine is sourced from the original Crawford River vines, planted in the mid 1970’s. After fermentation is complete the wine is held on fine lees for a minimum of 8 weeks which adds a textural element to the wine.
Brilliant pale straw colour with greenish tinged edges and a watery hue. Jumping out of the glass are potent scents of lemon and lime which intermix with wet steel, granny smith apple and chalky mineral notes. Boasting magnificent concentration and power, the racy palate is awash with intense lemon, lime and green apple fruits which are underpinned by crisp steely infused acidity and chalky mineral elements. Generously textured mouthfeel with an incredibly long and zesty aftertaste. Outstanding.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
I was only reviewing the 2018 release in June of this year. Odd. Time moves strangely at times. Pound for pound one of the greatest wines in Australia, by my reckoning, value and quality. Again, great wine here.
It’s an inky, dense release with impressive flavour spectrum and sense of complexity. Indeed, this release is perhaps less about precision and velocity and more about quiet opulence, layers of fruit character ranging from citrus to apples to stone fruits with spice, herbal detail and strong, talc and chalk-like minerally charm (and texture!) in the mix. So much going on. A wine to really sit back and contemplate, while washing over the senses with a general freshness. Yeah. Drink 2020-2035.
Mike Bennie – The Wine Front
The 'old' vines, planted in '75 and '77, hit their straps years ago. Today, this is a wine of provenance. Yet a cool region is not immune to hot/drier weather and this already has some forward toasty, lime marmalade flavours and could advance the ageing process. It is drinking beautifully now, as there's certainly the acid backbone keeping this afloat. Drink by 2029.
Jane Faulkner – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion
Very vivid lemon and lime notes with juice, pith and peel, as well as white peach and some gently herbal notes, too. The palate is smoothly refined, seamless and long with interlaced peach and citrus flavors that hold very long. Concentrated fruit drive here. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
Bright light-mid yellow-green hue, and a refined, restrained lime/lemon aroma. The palate is rich and juicy at the same time as it's refined and delicate. There is power here, concentration and persistence: it's a stunning balancing act of rich, ripe fruit with refinement. Variations on the theme of lemon! This is a magnificent riesling.