Virtually next door to each other in the Polish Hill River, Martin & Joan Smith and Molloy's vineyards stand as excellent examples of what this sub-region of Clare can achieve. Quality soils are the thumb print of all great wines and as the road leading to both vineyards is called Blue Cutting Rd, so too is the basis of these vineyards. Grey loam acid soils over sandstone and slate make up the profile with much of the top soil littered with rock, hinting at just how tough the vines need to be to sustain growth and produce quality fruit - not to mention the work of the vigneron to ensure overall balance. Only 9 kilometres from Watervale, the Polish Hill River region is quite a bit cooler and typically the fruit ripens 2-3 weeks later; this combined with the soil profile produces fruit with finesse and intensity. It is the slate of Polish Hill River, as opposed to the limestone of Watervale that gives rise to the point of difference between these styles. Despite growing these vines organically since their planting in the 1970’s, 2012 marked the first year of NASAA Organic Certification for these vineyards.
- SA - Clare Valley
- South Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
Pale straw with steely green tinges
Delicately perfumed with a hint musk and bath salts.
Textured with hints of orange rind, lemon, lime and spice. Delicate with crisp natural acidity and balanced finish.
A perfect accompaniment to oysters natural, however goes with many styles of cooking.
This wine is ready to drink now as a young, vibrant Riesling. You will be rewarded by careful cellaring for decades to come. The 2012 releases are pure and delicate, and on par with the great vintage of 2002.