This white variety originated in Germany, renowned for its Riesling wines. It suits the cooler wine regions of Australia and is the fourth most planted white variety. Citrus and floral aromas and flavours are most typical of Australian Riesling, with some ageing superbly. The vine is moderate in vigour with small, compact grape bunches and small, round berries.
Mitchelton’s Blackwood Park is renowned for its riesling. The 2008 Blackwood Park Riesling is a wine of balance, flavour and freshness distinctly expressive of the vineyard site on the banks of the Goulburn River.
- VIC - Other Victorian
95 Points & 5 Stars - "Pungent grass/hay and minerally aromas; the palate is refined and very alive with intensity, delicacy and beautifully integrated acidity. A very stylish young Riesling that cries out for shellfish." - Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller WINE, Feb 2009
94 PTS - "…lime zest and spice with a bit of petrolly development already creeping in. Ripe, juicy and full of flavour with a sort of mango sorbet taste mixing it up with apple and pear, again that minerally petrol character adding interest. The acidity is lovely - crisp and sitting very comfortably within the wine. Dry long finish. Delightful to drink now, and although of course it will cellar, I’d rather drink the lot over the next year or two." - Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au, April 2009
92 PTS - "Tightly focused fruit with nectarine and lime coming to the fore; lean, crisp and quite fine on the finish, with an underlying generosity that gives the wine real presences on the finish. " - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2010
Winery Tasting Notes
Wine Attributes: The 2008 Blackwood Park Riesling is a wine of balance, flavour and freshness distinctly expressive of the vineyard site on the banks of the Goulburn River. The winemaking began in the vineyard, with individual blocks and sections of blocks, targeted and harvested based on their individual flavour characters and acid profiles. Aromas of lemongrass and elderflower meld with highlights of musk and talc. The palate is generous in fruit, yet defined and focussed. Intense citrus and floral flavours are balanced by a clean, mineral acid structure.
Vineyard Information: The soils and meso-climate of the Mitchelton vineyard are significantly influenced by the presence of the pristine Goulburn River. The river surrounds the vineyard on three sides, shaping the unique environment and climate of Mitchelton. In turn geological shifts, ancestral river flows and climate have created distinct soil profiles for individual blocks. Riesling is sourced from seven blocks across the estate and the predominate soil type in these blocks is duplex red-brown earths with friable soft sandy loam topsoil overlying well structured blocky red subsoils. A tough, chunky, ‘rusted’ red, ochre-red subsoil is overlayed with a soft sandy topsoil - the result of rainfall over the thousands of years slowly leaching clay material. This soil combination ensures controlled vigour and results in concentrated flavours in the fruit.
Vintage: The 2008 vintage was a challenging one with ongoing drought, late spring frosts and hot prolonged summer/ autumn temperatures, it was a year that saw considerably lower crops that ripened almost 4 weeks ahead of usual! However, as the lower crop levels facilitated even ripening of intensely flavoured fruit.