A benchmark Riesling made with fruit from our Hanlin Hill vineyard in the Clare Valley. Intense aromatic and floral aromas lift from the glass with hints of juicy citrus characters. Powerful lemon and lime flavours and a wonderful fruit sweetness.
- SA - Clare Valley
- South Australia
Last year, I chased down a bottle for review. This year, rather than die wondering waiting for the distributor to come through, or more likely die of boredom at some interminable launch lunch, I simply went out and bought a bottle. Happy days!
Lilies, spice, bath salts, ripe lemons – almost to peach. There’s Big Flavour here, yet cool acid and chalkiness temper the fruit sweetness. Acidity feels a little choppy on the finish, and the length is good, but not great – though I do love the slaty/chalky exit. At present a lot of power and potential, but not quite hanging together. Strong release all up. Rating 93+, Drink 2014 - 2028 Gary Walsh, Wine Front (JUL/2013)
Pale straw-green; once the price leader in current vintage rieslings, but those days comprehensively behind it; this is elegant and well-crafted, but doesn't have more fruit intensity than its peers - indeed not quite as much. Why is an interesting question. Rating 93 - Drink by 2023 James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2015
Winery Tasting Notes
This Riesling is a full dry style, with lovely delicate floral aromatics and a hint of tropical fruit. Lemon-lime blossom on the nose flows onto the palate, showing trademark citrus flavours with a hint of spice.
The natural high acidity gives wonderful lift on the finish. The 2012 is a wine that is immediately approachable, but will also age really gracefully for many decades. It is a wine that will happily compare with other great Petaluma Rieslings, notably the 1980, 2002 and 2011 vintage.