2017 GC Premium Riesling

The 2017 GC Premium Riesling comes from the oldest block of Riesling vines on the vineyard. Our aim is to make something that is more textural than the Celtic Farm, not relying totally on acidity to give length and drive to the wine.

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GC Premium Riesling

Overview

This premium riesling is nothing short of world class. Unmistakable citrus, salinity and even a slight chalkiness characterise the palate. The acidity is great, but supremely well balanced.

 

Tasting Notes

Pale green in appearance with typical Clare Valley Riesling characters of lemon, lime and grapefruit plus some subtle bath powder notes on display as well. The palate is fresh, crisp and dry with a touch of talc; the concentrated flavours and balanced acidity in harmony with the long, textural finish. Try with Greek style chargrilled octopus.

Technical Detail

 Region

100% Clare Valley, South Australia.
One of Australia's oldest and most premium wine regions, famous all around the world for it's Riesling and Shiraz wines in particular

 Varietal

100% Riesling

 Vineyard

Single vineyard

 When to Drink

Enjoy now or cellar for 10+ years
11.5% Alcohol

  

Vintage Notes

Growing Season

The 2017 vintage was shaped by a cool, wet winter and spring with above average rainfall. Budburst was later than the “recent normal” due to the cooler conditions in September and as a result harvest was also a little late – we commenced vintage on March 3rd. Leading up to harvest January and February were both quite mild with no extended periods of heat and little rain. The 20mm we did receive on 20th January finished the vineyards off nicely. The 2017 vintage will be remembered as one of the top Riesling vintages since the turn of the century along with 2002, 2005, 2009 & 2012.

 

Winemaking

The grapes for this wine were both hand & machine harvested, transported to the winery, de stemmed, pressed and the juice chilled prior to the being partially clarified by cold settling – some solids were retained for texture and added complexity. It was then inoculated with a pure yeast culture, with fermentation carried out in stainless steel temperature controlled tanks for 25-30 days. After fermentation the wine was fined, stabilised and then filtered prior to bottling.

Reviews

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