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If there's one thing that Steve Crawford was born to do - it's make Riesling. He's surrounded himself with it constantly; from the Clare Valley to Rheinhessen in Germany. His latest release is his most smashable to date. Though he could easily make a clean cut, paint-by-numbers Riesling, given the quality of fruit he sources from Polish Hill River and the Sevenhill area in the Clare, but he chooses not too. This vintage saw 12 hours skin contact, and a ferment on full solids. The newest release is slightly more fruit-sweet than the ‘15 and for our money, a much more glugable wine. Nice one Freddy - keep 'em coming...
What it Tastes Like
Smells of tonic water, limes and some decaying flowers. There's a long, slightly toasted theme to the palate. Juicy, fruity, fun but interesting - a succlent riesling with lots of generosity. Good gear. Could smash this by the bucket load.
Pikes riesling has been part of Freddie's diet for quite some time, mainly due to the influences of his father and those around him. This ultimately lead to a vintage there in 2007, and now a wine from 2 of their vineyards. DISCO*DISCO*DISCO*DISCO*DISCODISCO*DISCO*DISCO*DISCO*DISCO 2 Vineyards: Polish Hill River (65%): Dry Grown, 70s plantings - Lean, austere and intense by nature. Quarry Rd, Clare (35%): Younger plantings, more fertile soil -> more honeyed, citrus and slight tropical notes. Hand picked, Slow / oxidative pressing, full grape solids ferment and reductive handling from there on in. Zero adulteration, touch of SO2. Most probably will have a few tartrates. A love for Clare Valley Riesling manifested in a slightly different way. 2800 Bottles
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
The Frederick Stevenson project was started as a covert operation, an underground label from Steve Crawford who has a day job at a much bigger, fancy winery. The Vine Vale was his first experiment.
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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