The 2011 Kerrigan+Berry Riesling is made from the historic Langton vineyard in Mt Barker in Western Australia’s Great Southern. Planted in the early 70’s, the Langton Vineyard has steep south facing slopes minimizing the impact of the summer sun, gravelly loam soils limiting vine potential and the cool climate conditions that ideally suit Riesling. The old vines produce low yields of intensely varietal Riesling with classic mineral and lime aromas with a brightness and vibrancy that is the hallmark of this style. These wines are delicious in their youth for the clarity and focus of their flavour and structure but have the proven ability to age gracefully gaining complexity over time.
- WA - Mount Barker
- Western Australia
Made from nigh-on 40-year-old vines on the Langton Vineyard planted on steep, south-facing (hence cool) slopes. A spotlessly clean bouquet has light wafts of mineral and citrus, the palate long and bone dry. A wine made without compromise, and all the better for that.
Rating 94 - Drink by 2021 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (AUG/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2011 KERRIGAN + BERRY is a pale straw colour with lively, steely green tinges.
The nose is a perfumed blend of limes, lemons and more tropical passionfruit.
The initial impression on the palate is that of seamless structure, fine vibrant acids and lingering citrus flavours. The use of free-run juice only has given the wine “fineness”, balancing the fragile varietal flavours of Riesling. There is a complex array of flavours in the mouth, dominated by lemons, limes and grapefruit. These are supported by hints of spice and mineral on the mid-palate and green apple on the impressively long finish.
The refreshing lemons and limes make this wine very appealing in its first year or so. However it may take up to ten years before this fine steely structure transforms into the toasty, rich, complex wine that is an aged Riesling.
Medals & Trophies
Silver Medal - Perth Royal Show 2011
Bronze Medal - International Riesling Challenge 2011
Bronze Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2011