98 Points Roger Jones, Decanter
97 Points Sarah Knowles M.W, Decanter
97 Points Anthony Rose, Decanter
Decanter April Edition 2018
The Riesling fruit is from their boutique “Henry Ely” Vineyard, sited 420 metres above sea level at Penwortham in the heart of the Clare Valley.
The vineyard gently slopes to the West and is tucked between two of the Valleys famous North/South hill ranges. As a consequence the vineyard receives early shading from the afternoon summer sun and the impressive fertile soils enjoy very good rainfall capture and storage into underground perched aquifers. Their totally dry grown fruit flourishes across all vintage seasons including periods of extended dry weather. The vineyard soil is neutral pH with a structure consisting of a mixture of Terra Rossa soils, sections of friable brown loams and patches of dark chocolate clay. The vineyard sits on a mixture of reef structures; sandstone, slate and limestone. Selected mid row summer green weed growth is encouraged to reduce canopy temperatures during peak summer. The vines are hand pruned in winter with a concentrated, summer hand pruning and canopy management regime to ensure fruit bunch protection from any flavour damaging peak summer, UV rays.
“Clean and precise on the nose, evolving gently. Wet stone characters and a lovely feminine, gentle palate showing great purity.” – 98 Points Roger Jones Decanter
“Intense struck match and toast comes through on the nose, unfolding onto lime curd and grapefruit on the palate, with a long finish.” – 97 Points Sarah Knowles M.W Decanter
“Seductively fresh lemon and lime aromas with a juicy lime fruitiness that shouts Riesling in all directions. Mouthfilling and delightfully dry.” – 97 Points Anthony Rose Decanter
“Medium to light straw colour, with a bouquet which is starting to show development in its toast and straw aspects. There is some malt and a tickle of sweetness as well on the palate, and it finishes softly with some roundness but also good acidity. A lovely wine, drinking well right” – 94 Points Huon Hooke