2021 O’Leary Walker Watervale Riesling
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2021 O’Leary Walker Watervale Riesling

Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
$19. 99
$239.88 Dozen
Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
ABV: 12%
Closure: Stelvin

Combines power and concentration with an electric feel.

Brilliant water like colour with distinct highlights of green skirting the edges. Jumping out of the glass are intense lime, citrus and orange rind scents which mix with talc and subtle steely mineral notes. Crunchy lime and citrus fruits are delivered with terrific concentration and power. Orange rind, chalky talc, wet steel and flinty mineral characters flow onto the back half. Dry mouth watering finish with searingly crisp acidity and a long scrumptious aftertaste. Outstanding.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
Alc. 12%

Other Reviews….
I am just loving these 2021 Clare Valley Rieslings, almost universally across the board. Any winemaker in the region who got this wrong should be condemned to make only warm climate, young vine Sauvignon Blanc for the rest of their natural life. Of course, some guys will inevitably do it better than others and it will come as no surprise that Dave O’Leary and Nick Walker are right at the top of the tree. And at $30 each, the value for both these Rieslings is almost criminal. A case for now, a case for the cellar.
This is green with pale gold throughout. Beautifully aromatic with spices, kaffir limes, hints of grapefruit, some minerals if you look hard enough and floral notes. A wine which is textbook and stunning. The palate is intense with great length and immaculate balance. It is perhaps a fraction more generous than the nose suggested, but nothing wrong with that. A Riesling which is cracking now and has a decade ahead of it. Drink 2022-2032.
96 points
Ken Gargett – Winepilot.com

A long, cool ferment over 2 weeks. This is awesome. Such density of flavour on the palate; mouth-coating intensity – it's almost painful. An absolute burster for the price. It'll drink beautifully right now, and it will still be going in a decade hence. The saline acidity leaves a quest for more in the mouth. Yes. Drink by 2031.
93 points
Erin Larkin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion