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Here is yet another unique wine from creative Yarra Valley winemaker Tony Fikkers.
You’ve got to love Tony’s winemaking philosophy: _“I want to give people boozability and interest at the right price point”, he explained to us when popping in to DD HQ. Right on!
Well this has all of that in spades. It’s 80% Riesling and 20% Gewurztraminer, all hand-picked from a single Yarra Valley vineyard and crafted very naturally into a mere 65 dozen wines.
I remember remarking to Tony when we tried it that I was glad it “wasn’t too Gewurzy” - these blends can get a bit over-the-top when the Gewurztraminer component takes over proceedings.
No such problem here, this is absolutely perfectly balanced with a delicious array of citrus, apple and tropical fruit flavours, hints of spice and custard, lively-enough acidity and subtle phenolics.
93 points from Gary Walsh (“A delightful wine with a curious and engaging personality.”) and another fascinating release from Tony Fikkers that is, as per his plans, reeking with boozability and interest.
What It Tastes Like
“Juicy. Spicy. Perfumed. Lychees and apple, dusty spicy oak, musk, citrus. It’s soft and plump, cinnamon studded apples, ruby red grapefruit, gentle chalky phenolics, softness and lush flavours, though still fresh and not in the slightest cloying. A delightful wine with a curious and engaging personality.” - Gary Walsh
93 points. “You may have heard of Swiss Toni? Now we have Alsace Tony (Fikkers). This wine will be equally good, new or used. It’s from the Rising Vineyard, a name I’m pretty sure Swiss Toni would appreciate. 65 dozen produced. 80% Riesling. Yarra Riesling is possibly a little under-sung. It’s an interesting thing. The only addition is sulphur dioxide. Sterile filtered prior to bottling (not sure why, but luckily I’m not a winemaker).
Juicy. Spicy. Perfumed. Lychees and apple, dusty spicy oak, musk, citrus. It’s soft and plump, cinnamon studded apples, ruby red grapefruit, gentle chalky phenolics, softness and lush flavours, though still fresh and not in the slightest cloying. A delightful wine with a curious and engaging personality.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Fikkers is the one man operation of Yarra Valley winemaker Anthony Fikkers, and it’s a name we will be hearing much more of. Working with a range of local growers, Fikkers is all about small batch, hand made wines made in unique styles and with minimal intervention. You won’t see the wines on many store shelves because there just aren’t enough of them, but they are absolutely worth trying and add enormous variety to the Yarra Valley landscape.
The Yarra Valley stands tall as one of the country’s finest cool-climate wine regions. Only a short jaunt from Melbourne, the Yarra has become a tourist hot-spot for its stunning scenery, high quality produce, and of course, as the home to some of the country’s most iconic wine producers. From the extraordinarily elegant Cabernets and Syrahs that populate the ‘Valley floor’, to the precise and complex versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that hail from the higher climes of the Yarra, this region is diverse and in a state of change. As temperatures rise and phylloxera infiltrates each pocket of the Yarra Valley, the range of alternative varieties from continental Europe is sure to increase to create a more colourful picture of the region. The Yarra embodies so much of what is great about the modern Australian wine scene.
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