2022 Rieslingfreak Official Release
Though the month of May was our Artisans of Australia month, we had to wait until the 1st of June to celebrate the official 2022 launch of one of our favourite Australian artisan producers, John Hughes at Rieslingfreak. Today we unleash the seven new vintage wines and a great new pack from John and after months of being Freak-less here at DD, we couldn't be happier to have him back!

The 2022 harvest saw the best rainfall and Riesling growing conditions going back to 2017. John classes it as a top vintage for the variety and one that will show beautifully on release as well with age - a return to a vintage of finesse and purity that he constantly searches for in his quest to produce South Australia's most excellent Rieslings.

"With the vintage, I am comparing it to 2017, as we have much more refined and delicate Riesling, showing the purity of the variety and region... I must admit, I am super happy with all our Rieslings this year. My personal favourites would be the No.2, No.3, No.10 and No.5." - John Hughes


All your favourite characters are back in 2022 - the expressive Eden Valley No.4 (our most popular wine of last year), the racy Clare Valley No.3, and the moreish Off-Dry No.5 which John thinks is his best release to date under this label.

On top of that come his premium offerings: the single-vineyard No.2 from John's best Clare Valley block, the No.10 'super-blend' of the best fruit of the vintage, and a new wine this year, the No.11 Mosaik Eden Valley Riesling which we are excited to say you will only find at John's Barossa cellar door or online with us at Different Drop.

The No. 11 Mosaik sees John venture into new territory in his exploration of Riesling. This wine hails from Eden Valley fruit picked during his highly-decorated 2021 harvest and has been sleeping in oak for a year. The use of exotic yeasts and this dramatic extended time in barrel were experimental ventures for John that have paid dividends. This is a Riesling with sublime texture, exhilarating length and an intoxicating perfume. It's a beautiful mosaic of mismatched components intricately woven together to reveal one of John's finest wines to date. Don't miss it, it's extremely limited and is undoubtedly one of the best wines in this line-up.

"We are really excited about this No. 11... We believe it really takes Riesling to the next level." - John Hughes

It's a stellar set of Rieslings from one of the true masters of the variety in Australia. The value on offer here from John, as always, borders on the ridiculous. The wines show exquisite purity and elegance and sit comfortably among the best examples that South Australia has to offer.

Try his wonderful new releases in this pack along with the special release of the No. 11 Mosaik - exclusively available here at Different Drop!


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