2020 O'Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling
Fruit for this superb Polish Hill River Riesling is sourced from Martin and Joan Smith and Molloy's vineyards which are virtually located next to each other. Despite growing these vines organically since their planting in the 1970’s, 2010 marked the first year of NASAA Organic Certification. Both vineyards consistently produce top quality fruit which highlights the excellence of this Clare Valley sub-region.
A strikingly fresh and powerful Polish Hill River Riesling.
Brilliant very pale straw colour with a light greenish tinge skirting around the rim and a watery hue. Nosing offers up intense lime, citrus and orange rind aromatics which are trailed by talc and steely mineral notes. On the palate there’s excellent tension between all of the components, a powerful core of lemon and lime fruits is backed by steely mineral infused acidity with elements of orange rind and chalky talc also evident. Dry crunchy finish with a long scrumptious aftertaste.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
Riesling from the River, the Polish Hill River.
There isn’t a great deal of difference between this and the Watervale save for the fact that the flavour profile here sits on the pebblier side of the equation. It’s like river stones in a stream of citrus and sorbet. It still has fruit, it still pushes, it goes towards pulp, it goes towards texture. It feels both taut and as if it’s itching not to be; it’s itching to get out and run. Drink 2021-2027+
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front