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Rieslingfreak No. 2 Polish Hill River Riesling 2018

Special Price $30.00 Regular Price $38.00
This is one of Rieslingfreak’s single vineyard wines with the fruit sourced from a vineyard known locally as the ‘Hill River Vineyard’. Max Schubert, the creator of Penfolds Grange, planted the first vines on the property in 1981. Lots going on here from white flowers, lime, green apple and grapefruit. Good now and worthy of extended cellaring.
Rieslingfreak No.2 Polish Hill River Riesling
Wine Specs
Region
Clare Valley, SA
Vintage
2018
Winery
Rieslingfreak
Winemaker
John Hughes
Bling
95pts James Halliday
Alcohol %
11
Size
750 mL
A fastidious producer in the mold of John Vickery or Jeffery Grosset, John Hughes has made a name for himself over the last decade as a Riesling producer of the highest order. The No 2 is one of Rieslingfreak’s single vineyard wines with the fruit sourced from a vineyard known locally as the ‘Hill River Vineyard’. Max Schubert, the creator of Penfolds Grange planted the first vines on the property in 1981. Making only Riesling, John produces more than 10 different evocations of this wonderful variety, most dry, showing different aspects of regionality, including off dry, sweet, sparkling and fortified examples.
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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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.

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