RieslingOne of the world's great grape varieties and the acknowledged king of German vineyards, also important in Alsace, Riesling goes through a number of ripening phases making it incredibly varied. Picked early it can form a base wine for Methode Champenoise; a little later, it makes a wonderfully crisp, aromatic lemon-lime filled dry white. A little riper the grapes produce an excellent, slightly sweet 'Spatlese' wine, later again an 'Auslese', and so on. In Australia, crisp, minerally, citrus-led styles dominate, with regions like South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia producing the finest examples. Fish, shellfish and crustaceans are perfect partners. Browse our top rated Riesling wines here.
- Cellar Drink Now - 8 years (2020-2028)
- ABV 12.5%
- Closure: Stelvin
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
- Cellar Drink Now - 10 years (2020-2030)
- ABV 12%
- Closure: Stelvin
Named after the family matriarch, ‘The Merle’ is selected from the best parcels of Riesling on the Pikes Polish Hill River Estate. Only produced in exceptional years it’s fermented in stainless steel tanks and spends 3 months on lees to provide additional depth and texture.
Brilliant water like core with a faint greenish tinge running around the edges. Leaping out of the glass are powerful lime, citrus and orange rind aromatics with talc and subtle steely mineral notes also evident. An intense hit of lemon and lime fruits bursts across the palate underpinned by racy, taut like acidity. Elements of orange rind, chalky minerals, talc and wet stone then flow onto the back half. The fantastic acid structure winds things up tightly and provides great focus but in no way dampens the superb fruit intensity. Finishes dry, steely and super long.
Drink over the next 8-10 years.
Pikes' flagship, but also a Clare Valley flagship. It's not often a 6-month-old riesling can be described as luscious, but that's the impact of this wine. It's citrus focused, of course, and it also has keynote acidity, but it's the honeyed mouthfeel and flavour that hits the jackpot. Drink by 2035.
James Halliday – The Australian Wine Companion