2021 Duke's Magpie Hill Reserve Riesling
A brilliant water like core is surrounded by shimmering green tinged edges. Intense lime, granny smith apple and lemon scents are trailed by subtle orange rind, wet steel and talcy mineral notes. Leaner and steelier than previous releases, the palate has a laser like precision with snappy lemon, granny smith apple and lime juice flavours underpinned by razor like acidity. Tense and sculptured it finishes dry and very crisp with notions of wet steel, flint and chalky mineral characters shining through on the back half. Long racy, tightly wound aftertaste.
Cellar 6-8 years.
From a single vineyard, whole-bunch pressed and fermented solely in tank to preserve the pristine freshness endemic to the rieslings from the area. A super-floral nose leads into a tense and citrus-driven palate. The acidity is saline and omnipresent, curling and flicking around the fruit, shaping it all through the long finish. This has already developed and grown so much in the bottle between this glass and the last (a couple of months prior), that it surely has a very long road ahead of it. White pepper, lime flesh and laser-like precision through the finish. Layered and dappled – gorgeous. Drink by 2041.
Erin Larkin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion