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Vickery Watervale Riesling 2021

Special Price $22.00 Regular Price $23.00
Holy F$%! was the broad sentiment as the tasting panel first inhaled and swirled this magnificent Rizza. 97 points. Bath powder, lime, lemon, sherbert, explosive, ethereal, long, luscious, lovely. If you like Riesling this is a sure thing.
Vickery Watervale Riesling
Wine Specs
Variety
Riesling
Region
Clare Valley, SA
Vintage
2021
Winery
Vickery Wines
Winemaker
John Vickery and Keeda Zilm
Body
Light
Sweetness
Dry
Drinking Window
Now - 2032
Alcohol %
12
Closure
Screwcap
Size
750 mL
Biodynamic
No
Organic
No
Vegan Friendly
Yes
According to Jeffrey Grosset, himself a legendary Riesling producer, John Vickery is in the same league as Max Schubert, the creator and initial maker of Penfolds Grange. Vickery has made Riesling since 1951, and even before refrigerated fermentation was possible, worked to ensure careful handling of fruit which was processed at as low a temp as possible to maximize natural fruit retention. He has picked up more than 50 trophies and 400 gold medals along with many personal accolades. He was also instrumental in the mainstream introduction of screwcaps for Rieslings produced from the 98 vintage. There was a great deal of market resistance at the time, given the perception of cork being superior and Screwcap being the ‘cheap’ option. Regardless, the Clare Valley Riesling producers got behind him and less than 20 years later screwcap is the norm. In 2007 he was awarded the Medal of Order of Australia for services to the wine industry especially via the development of innovations in the production of Riesling.
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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Hesketh & Vickery Wines

Winery

Hesketh & Vickery Wines

Hesketh produce exceptional wines and their alternate varietals have caused quite a stir a ...
Hesketh produce exceptional wines and their alternate varietals have caused quite a stir around WDHQ, leaving many a Tasting Panel member weak at the knees. They also co-own Vickery wines with John Vickery, the master and godfather of Australian Riesling. There aren’t too many staff orders that don’t feature a bottle or 3 of one of these wines. A bit more on Hesketh... The Hesketh family have a long association with the Lehmann dynasty. Robert Hesketh originally formed Masterson wines with Peter Lehmann in the late 70’s – which became Peter Lehmann Wines in 1982. [caption id="attachment_1886" align="aligncenter" width="20 ... Read Full Article
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Hesketh & Vickery Wines
Hesketh & Vickery Wines

Hesketh produce exceptional wines and their alternate varietals have caused quite a stir around WDHQ, leaving many a Tasting Panel member weak at the knees. They also co-own Vickery wines with John Vickery, the master and godfather of Australian Riesling. There aren’t too many staff orders that don’t feature a bottle or 3 of one of these wines.

A bit more on Hesketh...

The Hesketh family have a long association with the Lehmann dynasty. Robert Hesketh originally formed Masterson wines with Peter Lehmann in the late 70’s – which became Peter Lehmann Wines in 1982. [caption id="attachment_1886" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Hesketh Small Parcels Bonvedro[/caption] This company saved plenty of Barossa growers
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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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