Kerrigan + Berry Riesling 2011 (6 x 750mL), Mt Barker, WA.

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Overview

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.

Region:
WA - Mount Barker
State:
Western Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

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

Colour

The 2011 KERRIGAN + BERRY is a pale straw colour with lively, steely green tinges.

Aroma

The nose is a perfumed blend of limes, lemons and more tropical passionfruit.

Palate

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.

Cellaring

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

Vintage
2011
Region
WA - Mount Barker
Grape Style
Riesling
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

The KERRIGAN of KERRIGAN+BERRY is Michael Kerrigan, otherwise known as Kegs. Owner and winemaker of Hay Shed Hill in Margaret River.

After excelling at winemaking studies at Roseworthy College in South Australia, Michael spent thirteen vintages as the winemaker for Howard Park and Madfish wines making wine from grapes grown in virtually every wine region in Western Australia but specializing in Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. In his time at Howard Park Michael received numerous accolades for the wines including nomination for Qantas Winemaker of the Year in 2003.

In late 2006 Michael and his partners, including Gavin, bought Hay Shed Hill in Margaret River. The opportunity to get involved with Hay Shed Hill was one that Michael could not let pass. "I knew the vineyard and always coveted the fruit, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to take ownership in a classic old pioneer vineyard in the elite of Margaret River but one which, for various reasons, had not quite realized it's potential."

"The only downside to making single vineyard estate wines from Hay Shed Hill is that there is no Riesling! I have a particular love of Riesling, especially from the Great Southern and really did miss it. I had also developed a special relationship with blending Great Southern and Margaret River Cabernet, they just marry so well - so after some liquid persuasion I convinced Gavin that KERRIGAN + BERRY was something that we should do. That was the full extent of the market research that went into these wines. We knew the regions, we knew the vineyards and the fruit - it was inevitable" Michael Kerrigan. The BERRY side of KERRIGAN + BERRY is Gavin Berry. Gavin is the Managing Director (and chief Friday BBQ cook!) of West Cape Howe Wines in the Great Southern.Gavin entered the wine industry at the ripe old age of 28 when a tour to the Swan Valley sparked an interest in wine making and within a few months found himself working his first vintage! He decided to follow his new found passion and study winemaking at Roseworthy College in South Australia. There he met Gill (now his wife and business partner) and together they worked a vintage in the Swan Valley (WA) and then in Gigondas (France) before making the move late in 1988, to Mt Barker (WA). Gavin took up the position as Assistant Winemaker at Plantagenet Wines, expecting to stay a year or two before moving on. However, he was to stay on at Plantagenet for 16 years and with Gill, established their "Mount Trio" vineyard in the picturesque Porongurup's, near Albany. They built a beautiful mud-brick house, had a couple of kids, and well, the rest is history... Gavin joined West Cape Howe as winemaker/director in early 2004 taking this brand to its current position as one of the most awarded and sought after Western Australian wine brands."I have never been much into marketing but I am very much into Riesling and good Cabernet so after the 3rd bottle of wine, Kegs convinced me that KERRIGAN + BERRY was a good idea. If it didn't work then at least we would have some good wine to drink" Gavin Berry.

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