2023 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 pulsating, pure concentrate of Riesling that showcases Polish Hill River’s trademark steely structure.
Brilliant water like to very pale straw coloured core with distinct highlights of green around the edges. Soaring out of the glass are intense lime and citrus aromas followed by some orange rind, green apple, chalky talc and steely mineral notes. Mouth watering lime, lemon and green apple flavours are tightly wound and steely across the palate yet there is undeniable power here. Orange rind, chalky mineral, talc and wet steel characters linger through the back half. Sizzling acidity leads into a long, crunchy and pulsating finish. A Stunning Polish Hill River Riesling.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
Oh my. How good is this? This is the essence of Polish Hill River Riesling: the concentration of fruit, the depth, the texture, the spice, the quiet power. It’s all here. Just released and ready to be savoured and enjoyed. Jasmine, bergamot, citrus, grapefruit, a sprinkle of rosemary and white pepper aromas. How intriguing are those spices! Grown under organic methods, it brings extraordinary depth of citrus (grapefruit, Meyer lemon), green apple and lime zest married to an equally impressive depth of background spice, including earthy ginger and a light shake of white pepper. Acidity is well-honed with a mineral clean edge. This is what Polish Hill River Riesling is all about. Drink 2023-2037.
Jeni Port – WinePilot.com
A superb Clare vintage, yet again, with a long and cool growing season. The vineyards, located next to each other, have been certified as organic since 2010. Gleaming pale yellow, there are strong citrus notes here. Lemons, limes and grapefruits, along with a gentle spicy touch and backed by cool river stones. This is finely balanced, focused and with such impressive length. A line of acidity runs the length. This can be enjoyed over the next ten to fifteen years, but well cellared, could go twenty to thirty. A stunning Riesling and simply extraordinary value. Buy it by the case.
Ken Gargett – WinePilot.com
Why is Riesling the best value wine in Australia? Crack this for $30 and you'll sit bolt upright. What a blistering wine we have here! So aromatic and so steely, all the best bits of a quality Riesling are here in a very tidy package. Bath salts, white flowers, Bickford's lime cordial and lemon juice reach for your favour along with a flicker of grapefruit. Green apple peel slides in late and right on cue. Like the Watervale, the shimmer of soft spices comes late but the citrusy tang is real. The expected river stone minerality and chalk feels arrive on cue to close. It's absolutely delicious and I just want more. Drink now to embrace the freshness but this will age beautifully.
Steve Leszczynski – Qwine Reviews
Mineral-savoury start with wet stones, flint, brown limes and sage. Flavours are a pleasant continuation, full and round, filled with fleshy nectarines and pears in the middle, slightly grilled. Grapefruit finish with a dusting of pepper and nutmeg spice. I really enjoy the structure and texture of this wine, it has weight and detail. Feels like a whole wine, with front middle and back, confident and very well made. It’s a great deal of satisfaction. Drink 2023-2033+
Kasia Sobiesiak - WineFront
Very intense and generous bouquet of mixed flowers, super-fragrant and scented, the palate likewise intense and bracingly dry with a touch of tannin augmenting the mouth-watering dryness. It's almost searingly crisp and intense, rapier-sharp and long-lasting. Quartzy mineral nuances. Very long carry. It will richly reward cellaring.
Huon Hooke – The Real Review