2013 Vintage was a standout year for Riesling. Picking started in late February in perfect conditions with cool nights and dry warm days. The weather conditions meant very low disease pressures, great sugar and acid balance, low PH and complex fruit flavours.
- NSW - Canberra District
- New South Wales
"Ken Helm's Classic Dry won a gold medal at the regional wine show in September. Three months on, it's probably even fruiter and lovelier than what the judges tasted - a transformation Canberra's riesling seem to undergo during late spring and early summer. The wine is highly aromatic, showing both floral and citrus character. These flavours come through on the delicate but intense, bone-dry palate. Its delicacy, flavour intensity and dryness make Helm Classic an exceptional aperitif style for Christmas and New Year. Put six bottles aside, though, and enjoy its evolution over the next decade or so." Chris Shanahan, The Canberra Times, Dec 18 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
Striking floral bouquet reminiscent of apple blossom.
Clean and fresh, green apples and lime, perfectly balanced acid and a crisp finish. An exquisite Riesling.
Like all of our Rieslings, this wine can be paired with numerous dishes. The tangy lemon and lime flavours especially complement creamy pasta and chicken dishes and all kinds of seafood.
Built to last, the wine can be enjoyed now while it is young and crisp, or cellared for up to 10 years which will allow its mellow and toasty honeyed flavours to develop.
Medals & Trophies
Gold, Canberra Regional Wine Show Sept 2013.
Silver, Royal Sydney Wine Show, Class 1, February 2014.
Bronze, National Wine Show, Class 1, November 2013.