Wilson Vineyard `DJW` Riesling 2012 (12 x 750mL), Clare Valley, SA.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049
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DJW is Daniel James Wilson. In his junior days the young Wilson had a slogan which seemed to follow him everywhere- "DJW rules". Deceptively simple, the message was repeated with regularity on school book covers, desks, garden edgings and wet concrete whenever the opportunity arose. With time and maturity the slogan disappeared but the initals DJW were often used by family members when referring to the future winemaker.

In 1997 with encouragement and help from his father Dr. John Wilson, Daniel established a small 5.5 acre plot of Riesling in the highest and most fertile corner of the Wilson property. It was a natural progression to name this vineyard the DJW vineyard.

SA - Clare Valley
South Australia

Winery Tasting Notes


Pale gold.


Aromas of citrus lemon tart and grapefruit with garden herbs.


Lively upfront lemon zest with a slatey minerality not normally seen from this vineyard. Unmistakable Polish Hill River power on the palate, this vintage will be one for the long haul.

SA - Clare Valley
Grape Style
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

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In 1973, Dr. John Wilson set out with soil map and sampling auger in search of a plot for his vines. The chosen land was some of the grazing slopes east of Sevenhill, Clare Valley, where he established 10 acres of vineyard between 1974 and 1976. The locals were bemused by this venture and were firm but kind with their advice about the unsuitability of the area for grapes. To that same handful of locals the little valley was known as Polish Hill River, a quaint tribute to its early pioneers.

In 1980 the vineyard produced its first commercial wine and with that Shiraz-Cabernet, wine consumers were introduced to this hitherto unknown corner of Clare. By then no-one had any doubts about the ability of Polish Hill River to produce fine wine. The Wilson family has been content to expand its operation slowly and steadily and is unfazed that most who followed them now cultivate larger tracts.

In 2000 John was one of the handful of Clare winemakers who led the screwcap revolution. Whilst many were hedging their bets John decided to dedicate his entire production, reds and whites, to the screwcap closure in 2001 and never looked back.

The Wilson Vineyard wines are produced entirely from estate-grown fruit. More than half of the production is Riesling, a variety with which both the Wilson name and Polish Hill River have become synonymous. Other varieties include Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Gewurztraminer, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Wilson Vineyard Rieslings are powerful wines that take more than five years in the bottle to show their best.

Every year since 1988 The Wilson Vineyard has commissioned a local artist to produce a piece to adorn the Polish Hill River Riesling label. The exterior artwork compliments the art within.

View Wilson Vineyard website


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