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Kirrihill Gleeson & Co. Riesling 2018

Special Price $20.00 Regular Price $25.00
This Watervale Riesling is an absolute stunner. Offering lime, spice, minerality, lemon zest, lip smacking acidity and superb length and balance. It’s a no brainer now but will improve for at least a decade.
Kirrihill Gleeson & Co Riesling
Wine Specs
Region
Clare Valley, SA
Vintage
2018
Winery
Kirrihill
Winemaker
Susan Mickan
Bling
Gold Medal
Alcohol %
11.5
Size
750 mL
Kirrihill has been around since the late 1990’s when two mates Sean Edwards and Rob Stanway realized their dream of starting a winery. These days they have 1400 acres to draw on and make about 35000 dozen wines each year. Winemaker Susan Mickan has completed 32 vintages across Australia, Spain, China and the US working for small, mid-sized and massive wineries. Kirrihill produce superb quality wines that also represent exceptional value for money.
Clare Valley, SA

Region

Clare Valley, SA

130km north of Adelaide (and west of the Barossa), the Clare Valley sits within a high-alt ...
130km north of Adelaide (and west of the Barossa), the Clare Valley sits within a high-altitude pocket granting the vineyards cool to cold nights with long, warm to hot summer days. This cooler climate grants thin-skinned (and indeed temperamental) grapes like rieslings a perfect climate in which to mature slowly without risk of mould during the harvest season. The resulting wines are perfumed, complex, softly flavoured yet powerful. There are several sub-regions in the 35km stretch of valley, pocketed with varying soils, altitudes and climates. West-facing, high-altitude slopes benefit from drying afternoon sun in summer, producing some of the region ... Read Full Article
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Riesling

Variety

Riesling

Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Rieslin ...
Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines. Riesling wines are usually varietally pure and are seldom oaked. As of 2004, Riesling was estimated to be the world's 20th most grown variety at 48,700 hectares (120,000 acres) with an increasing trend. In terms of importance for quality wines, it is usually included in the "top three" white wine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Riesling is a variety which is highly "terroir ... Read Full Article
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Kirrihill Wines

Winery

Kirrihill Wines

Kirrihill Wines has been around since the late 1990s when two mates, Sean Edwards and Rob ...
Kirrihill Wines has been around since the late 1990s when two mates, Sean Edwards and Rob Stanway realised their dream of starting a winery. Both 6th generation Clare locals, they have known each other since they were toddlers. Kirrihill Wines has grown into quite the behemoth with 1,400 acres to draw on and sales in Australia, Europe, USA and China. Read Full Article
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Kirrihill Wines
Kirrihill Wines
Kirrihill Wines has been around since the late 1990s when two mates, Sean Edwards and Rob Stanway realised their dream of starting a winery. Both 6th generation Clare locals, they have known each other since they were toddlers. Kirrihill Wines has grown into quite the behemoth with 1,400 acres to draw on and sales in Australia, Europe, USA and China.
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Sprout Cooking Class - White fish with asparagus tabouli & herbed yoghurt
Sprout Cooking Class - White fish with asparagus tabouli & herbed yoghurt

As you may have seen on our social media, the winedirect.com.au Christmas bash was held at Sprout. The event was a blaring success both in festivities and the calibre of headaches the following morning.. below is one of the recipes we prepared that evening. Pairing wise, we'd suggest something like the 2013 Heirloom Eden Valley Riesling, just to let the acid give the dressing a good shove. Enjoy! [caption id="attachment_2002" align="alignnone" width="300"] Courtesy of Sprout, photo by Tania Pradun.[/caption]

Ingredients: (Serves 4) 1/2 cup dry quinoa 1 bunch flat parsley 1/2 cup dill leaves (optional)
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Riesling
Riesling

Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines. Riesling wines are usually varietally pure and are seldom oaked. As of 2004, Riesling was estimated to be the world's 20th most grown variety at 48,700 hectares (120,000 acres) with an increasing trend.

In terms of importance for quality wines, it is usually included in the "top three" white wine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Riesling is a variety which is highly "terroir-expressive", meaning that the character of Riesling wines is clearly influenced by the wine's place of origin.

In Australia

In 1838 William Macarthur planted Riesling vines near Penrith in New South Wales. Riesling was the most planted white grape in Australia until the early 1990s when Chardonnay greatly increased

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Clare Valley, SA
Clare Valley, SA

130km north of Adelaide (and west of the Barossa), the Clare Valley sits within a high-altitude pocket granting the vineyards cool to cold nights with long, warm to hot summer days. This cooler climate grants thin-skinned (and indeed temperamental) grapes like rieslings a perfect climate in which to mature slowly without risk of mould during the harvest season. The resulting wines are perfumed, complex, softly flavoured yet powerful.

There are several sub-regions in the 35km stretch of valley, pocketed with varying soils, altitudes and climates. West-facing, high-altitude slopes benefit from drying afternoon sun in summer, producing some of the regions best vintages. The vines are planted from 400 to 500 metres (1,300 to 1,600 ft). The higher altitude, compared to other wine regions in South Australia, ensures cool nights even during the heat of summer allowing the fruit to ripen more evenly and slowly. Soil is a mix of red to brown-grey over basement rock.

History

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