Hedonistic and tightly focussed, this exceptionally balanced wine displays lemon, lime and a seamless spine of natural acidity leading to a finish of extraordinary length.Download Full Winemaker Note
At release, the wine is a very pale straw colour with a slight green tinge to the edge.
The wine displays zesty lemon and lime aromas along with faint orange blossom and talc.
This particular Clare Riesling is still tight and restrained with a linear focus to the palate and purity of fruit flavours. There are lashings of fresh lemon/lime juice characters up front and a slate-like minerality across the mid-palate. It is backed up by a persistent and refreshing lime acid finish.
Under ideal conditions this wine should cellar well to 2034, possibly longer.
|Residual Sugar:||0.07 g/L|
|St. Andrews||Riesling||2014||Royal Melbourne Wine Awards||2014||12||Trophy - Best of Riesling|
|St. Andrews||Riesling||2014||National Wine Show of Australia||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Riesling||2014||Sakura Japan Womens Wine Awards||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Riesling||2014||National Wine Show of Australia||2014||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Riesling||2014||Catavinum World Wine & Spirit Competition||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Riesling||2014||Texsom International Wine Awards||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Riesling||2014||San Francisco International Wine Competition||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Riesling||2014||Royal Melbourne Wine Awards||2014||12||Gold|
Reviews for 0
Jeremy Bowell, Taste Explorer, October 2014
ItÆs not hard to see why the Riesling has been getting so much love. Imagine squeezing a fresh lime onto a hot slate tile with a jasmine flower stuck behind each ear and youÆre getting a sense of the aromas leaping out of the glass. On the palate thereÆs more fresh lime, a splash of yuzu and the faint hint of white spring flowers wrapped around a flinty core that lingers long on the palate. There is a precision and balance here for such a young wine that borders on precociousness. Drink it now with freshly shucked oysters or pan seared scallops. If you have the patience, this is a wine that will reward 5+ years of cellaring.
Drinks Weekly, December 2014
Very pale straw colour, with a slight green tinge. Lime and lemon aromas with a touch of orange blossom and talc, as a result of fruit sourced from Clare Valley. Tight slate-like minerality on the mid palate. Whole-berry pressing has resulted in lime, citrus and tropical friut flavours. Also a hint of orange blosson on the palate. Long and refreshing lime acid finish.
Tony Love, Advertiser, May 2015
The Wakefield 2014 St AndrewÆs riesling has a delightful white floral and citrus background fragrance with a lightly honeyed lemon juice lift over a sense of tropical fruit salad, then quickly pours into a glorious, mouth-coating, pithy lemon lolly-like set of flavours and texturals, well measured with just the faintest note of offdry fruit sweetness in the finish.
Australian Wine Review, June 2015
Green straw, this is initially juicy and generous, the fruit quite peachy, before a driving, grippy finish. It's just a bit rough and tumble for a super premium Riesling, but good intensity and great length, if raw. Needs five years to show its best.
Winestate, August 2015
Clare Valley and surrounding regions
""A great wine,"" declared one judge. Very shy, restrained flinty citrus aromas and a light lean palate with delicate fruit persistence and drive, lots of acid. Needs time.
Dan Berger, Dan Berger Newsletter, November 2015
This youthful, wildspice and floral-scented wine has a succulent entry, but it is bone dry and almost angular. A delight with Asian foods like curry and mildly seasoned Himalayan dishes.
Glenn Frederiksen, WinelinesOnline, December 2015
Clare Valley has a reputation for world-class Rieslings made in a dry style, and rightfully so. This is an excellent example. In the glass, it exhibits a very pale straw color. The nose is captivating, a swirling mixture of steely minerals, flowers and lime. In the mouth, a vibrant acidity lends a juicy quality to the lime and lemon fruit flavors, all with an underpinning of slate-like minerality. Fermented dry, this is a quintessential food wine, perfect for pairing with fresh seafood, shellfish, and even wienerschnitzel. This bottling has a track record of aging beautifully for up to two decades.
Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits, February 2016
A selection from the St. Andrews vineyards, this is pressed immediately after harvest, then allowed to settle for a day before racking into a cool fermentation in stainless steel. ItÆs precisely focused and completely dry, the structure tight up front, then gently expansive as the fruit washes up underneath the acidity like the undertow of a wave. That acidity is as malic as red apple skin, as puckering as grapefruit (the pH is 2.98). But then the flavors are more relaxed, opening from earthy talc toward fresh apple, pear and mace. Powerful in its intensity, this is a grand Riesling that will age for a decade or more.
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2016
Australia Rediscovers its Mojo
Vivid straw. Zesty, sharply focused nose displays scents of fresh citrus fruits, white flowers and mint. Dry, tangy and linear on entry, then fleshier in the middle, offering an array of citrus fruit flavors and a touch of bitter quinine. Closes spicy, firm and emphatically dry, with very good clarity and resonating citrus character.
Isaac Baker, The Terroirist, May 2016
Pale straw color. Smells of sliced limes, white peach, nectarine, floral perfume and a complex mix of chalk and dusty minerality. Crisp and lively on the palate but some waxy texture adds depth. Green apple, kiwi, orange rind, lime, the fruit is pure and driven. This Riesling possesses a deep sense of minerals, mountain stream, smashed rocks and chalk. So clean, zesty and vibrant. A gorgeous Clare Valley Riesling.
Jane Parkinson, Restaurant, May 2016
Bright with lemongrass, jasmine and lime aromas, this is quintessential Clare Riesling, with less than 1g/l of sugar. Limey and tropical, it is zesty but generous. A zippy palate cleanser now, but it will keep too.
Ronn Weigand MW, MS, Restaurant Wine, May 2016
Screw cap. Very fine dry Riesling. It is elegant in character (lime, candied lemon, apple, pineapple, honeysuckle), medium bodied, and crisp, with a very long, vibrant finish. Can be aged for years. 11.5% [2016-2019]
MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, July 2016
Meyer lemon, melon and ruby red grapefruit flavors are intense and bright, with a whiff of dried honeysuckle. A crisp minerally note offers terrific punctuation on the long finish. Drink now through 2024.
Michael Apstein, Wine Reviews Online, January 2017
It could be the screw cap closure, but whatever, this wine benefits enormously from 15 minutes of aeration before consumption. Then it sings. Dry and cutting, it has the enamel-cleansing quality of first-rate Riesling. A firm racy edge makes it better with food, such as spiced Asian or Indian fare, as opposed to a stand along aperitif.