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About The Wine
As far as I know, this wine is a one of a kind in Australia. The Riesling Freak himself** John Hughes** puts it best:
“Grapes for the No.7 are sourced from the family property, White Hutt, Clare Valley. Harvested at the same time as the No.3, the grapes are fermented to 7-8 baume before being fortified using three year old brandy spirit, and stored in very old oak casks for maturation.”
It’s pretty out there, but it’s pretty damn delicious! It’s like a white port but with that classic Clare Valley Riesling acidity keeping things light and fresh.
If you dig your dessert wines, and you dig things a little different, you’ll dig this.
What It Tastes Like
“Made in a ‘white port’ style, the No.7 is dark yellow in colour, flavours of sultanas, carmel and butter scotch, orange peel and dried fruits.” - John Hughes
Grapes for the No.7 are sourced from the family property, White Hutt, Clare Valley. Harvested at the same time as the No.3, the grapes are fermented to 7-8 baume before being fortified using three year old brandy spirit, and stored in very old oak casks for maturation. The wine was bottled at three years of age, expressing many of the flavours and aromas of a good fortified Riesling. Made in a ‘white port’ style, the No.7 is dark yellow in colour, flavours of sultanas, carmel and butter scotch, orange peel and dried fruits. The wine is a perfect match for a sweet dessert, chocolate or a plate of cheese.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 375ml
Drink Until: N/A
Based in the Clare Valley, Master Freak - John Hughes is very serious about his Rieslings. He was literally born and raised on an old Riesling vineyard in the Clare Valley. It is the only variety this man chooses to make. If our bodies are made up of 70% water, I think his is 70% Riesling.
The Clare Valley knows what it does, and does it very, very well. Riesling and Shiraz are the rockstars of the region and with some of the most famous wines in the county coming from this small pocket of SA, the Clare’s reputation for quality only grows year on year.
Riesling is the king of white grapes. With unparalleled versatility, it rightfully carries the ‘Noble’ name tag. We make extraordinary Riesling in Australia, from far and wide. From the classic searing, razor-sharp styles in the Clare and Eden Valleys to the fragrant and enchanting wines of the Great Southern, Australian Riesling is a chameleon that can take on many forms. Sweet, steely, lean or textured, the world of Riesling is a thing of wonder that should be explored by all true lovers of wine.
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