Crawford River Young Vines Riesling 2019
SPECIAL BUY 6 or more. 95 points Halliday.
Crawford River wines from Henty in South Western Victoria are crafted exclusively from hand-picked and selected fruit grown at their estate vineyard, whereupon they are vinified and bottled on site. The fruit is brought to the winery in small parcels, where meticulous attention is paid to detail. Patience and time are of the essence in their winery.
James Halliday on Crawford River: ” .. is ideally suited to the growing and making of diamond-like rieslings of towering longevity … My love affair with Crawford River Riesling began many years ago, and burns as brightly today as it did when I first tasted it.”
The vines for this wine were planted in 2000 and this has always been produced separately to the old block which was planted in 1975. The Crawford River vineyard lies at the alluvial edge of a volcanic lava flow. The 11.5 Ha vineyard has its roots in an unusually complex, mineral-rich soil base. Gravelly, friable, basalt loam overlays permeable clay which in turn lies above a limestone base created by an ancient, risen seabed.
From the winemaker …”After 12 years of making this wine, we continue to see a structural and textural difference between our older vines and the younger block and so we continue to make the ‘young vines riesling’, now identifiable to so many of our clients.”
From the winery about this vintage: “The vineyard lies at the alluvial edge of a volcanic lava flow. Its root s are in a complex, mineral-rich soil base. Gravelly, friable, basalt loam overlays permeable clay which in turn lies above a limestone base created by an ancient, risen seabed.
The fruit is carefully hand harvested and taken to the winery in pristine condition. For the ‘Young Vines ’ we whole bunch press some fruit in addition to crushing some, Belinda believes this “adds a more fruit forward element on the nose and front palate”. The juice goes straight into tank where it is settled for four days, it is then racked to remove it from gross lees prior to fermentation. Fermentation starts soon after and care is taken to keep it cool, around 14°C. After fermentation is complete the wine is held on fine lees for a minimum of 8 weeks which Belinda notes “is very important for the textural element of the wine.” A hallmark of our Riesling.”
“Delicious orange citrus notes and a stone-like mineral element are a terrific introduction here. These qualities proceed to the palate, together with bright, red apple and a powdery talc note. The palate is crisp and clean, while maintaining the rounded quality of white stone fruit, coupled with chalky texture and a clean, bright line of acidity. A mouth-watering, lingering finish completes the drinkability factor here.
95 points, Jane Faulkner for Hallidays 2021 Australian Wine Companion “Surprisingly reticent yet still a delicious rendition this vintage. If anything, it’s more subtle, savoury even. Sure it has the hint of lemon blossom, but also wet slate and texture, more phenolic grip, it’s riper and all done well.”
94 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front “It was the summery thirst quencher I couldn’t stop thinking about on the way back from the beach, today. All lemon-lime, sweet green apple, tart acidity, clip of chalky pucker, refreshment factor through the roof, barely there stickiness of riesling fruit and a faint lick of kero or wet hay or something slightly savoury-waxy. Such a treat. Such a good riesling.”
RRP $39 …*SPECIAL PRICE WHEN YOU BUY 6 OR MORE … Only $29.99**
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Australia, Henty, Victoria
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