This Riesling was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed, using only the best free run juice. Displaying lifted floral and signature citrus aromas, the palate is driven by crisp natural acidity with citrus and stone fruit flavours and an enticing, textural minerality. An elegant, well-rounded wine hailing from one of Australia's premier Riesling-producing regions.
Variety: 100% Riesling
Region: Clare Valley
Cellaring: This wine can be enjoyed now or until 2032.
2023 Canberra International Riesling Challenge - ELITE GOLD 95 PTS
2023 Perth Royal Wine Show - GOLD
This single vineyard Riesling originates from our Armagh property in the Clare Valley from vines planted in 1998. The vineyard is 400metres above sea level and on grey sandy abrasive topsoil over clay subsoil with sections of Terra Rossa. Picked at the cool of night, the fruit was then pressed directly of skins. Fermenting at cool temperatures, allowing us to create this perfumed, succulent, mouth-watering wine. Only slightly fined, filtered and bottled.
Our 2023 Riesling, significantly benefits from the cooler climate, which allows for excellent acid retention. The wine showcases beautiful flavour development, resulting in a well-balanced creation that will age gracefully over the next decade and beyond. In the first few years, the Riesling is fresh and vibrant, bursting with fruity and floral notes that invigorate the senses. As it matures, the acidity will soften, creating a well-rounded and complex profile.
Sushi and Sashimi, Fresh Oysters
The 2023 vintage brought about just above-average rainfall, initiating a cool and wet season that led to delayed flowering compared to the usual timing. As the vintage approached, the cool weather persisted, with temperatures lower than average. Consequently, the ripening periods were significantly slower, enabling enhanced fruit development and acid retention within the vineyard. The combination of the colder and wetter season resulted in above-average yields in the Clare Valley and increased concentration, ultimately contributing to the wines' remarkable intensity.
ABOUT THE RANGE
"Clare's Secret Range is a stunning collection of wines from our Clare Valley Vineyard. Showcasing the best of what this region has to offer. These wines are estate grown, reflecting the Clare Valley’s most premium growing regions The classic Clare varieties are showcased in this range, with each wine made in the ‘Millon-style’; balanced, elegant, and true to regionality and variety." - Angus Wardlaw, Head Winemaker