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Aged Riesling is one of the great drinking pleasures of fine wine. Though, it's rare to find Riesling released with some bottle maturity. Cellaring projects for wineries can be prohibitively expensive. However, fortunately for the die hard Riesling fan, Porongorup Riesling specialists Abbey Creek make a point of holding back a portion of their Riesling to be released when it begins to take on the graceful secondary characters the variety is famous for. The 2011 is an excellent buy. With an outstanding 96 points from James Halliday, bottled aged Riesling of this calibre doesn't get much better value than this.
What it Tastes Like
"All three Abbey Creek Rieslings from '10 to '15 have the same pale quartz-green colour - amazing. This takes its time in waking up as you taste it to tease out its secrets, then as quick as a flash it takes hold on the finish and aftertaste, unsweetened lime and mineral exploding." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
96 points & Value for Money Star. "All three Abbey Creek Rieslings from '10 to '15 have the same pale quartz-green colour - amazing. This takes its time in waking up as you taste it to tease out its secrets, then as quick as a flash it takes hold on the finish and aftertaste, unsweetened lime and mineral exploding." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Abbey Creek Vineyard is on the northern slopes of the Porongurup Range with two boundaries with the Porongurup National Park. The Porongurup Range itself is Pre-Cambrian, with the gravelly loam soils of the vineyard derived from its erosion and outwash. Our vineyard is typically cool climate, with annual rainfall of about 800 mm, cool frost-free winters and mild to warm summer temperatures.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2036
The Great Southern is the largest wine region in the country. Though more and more, the label “Great Southern” is becoming redundant. It is the sub-regional exploration of terroir which is distinguishing this region. From Frankland River to Porongorup, from Mount Barker to Denmark, the detailed and stylish wines emerging from these sub-regions are some of the most intriguing in the country. No longer a “poor man’s Margaret River”, whether you love Riesling, Cabernet, Shiraz or Pinot, this stunning cool climate region will blow you away with the value and refinement inherent in everything it produces. And the good thing is, it is only getting better.
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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