Peter Leske made fine, dry, crisp Adelaide Hills Riesling under the Nepenthe label for many years from 1998, after an earlier 7 vintages with Jeff Grosset in the Clare Valley. So while the off-dry ‘25GR’ was the style we first chose for the Vertigo label, we could not resist making a bone-dry Vertigo as well.
Our ‘TRKN’ (its name derived from the German word for dry: tröcken), is carefully crafted in the style for which South Australia is justifiably famous.
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
The wine has the customary bracing acidity which we look for from this site; it is certainly a wine of great finesse.
Its aromatics are fresh green apples, ginger and fresh lime juice (which is not the same as the much-loved “Bickford’s brown lime” of many SA Rieslings, which
hark from warmer climes); plus, as 2011 was such a cool season, hints of fresh tarragon and basil.
On the palate you will see a mouth-watering lightness of structure, with a contribution to the mouthfeel from the inclusion of a small quantity of grape solids during fermentation. It’s long, lean and sinewy, with a twist of acidity (think citrus pith) that ensures a dry, blanched almond-like, finish.
Made again in tiny quantities, and aged for several months before release, it won’t be available for long. But it will DEFINITELY reward cellaring; a decade should not challenge it one iota.