2006 Crawford River Reserve Riesling

Henty, VIC

The flagship wine from this iconic Riesling specialist, released with over a decade's bottle age.


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About The Wine

It says a lot about a winery when they hide their most prized fruit for more than a decade before they release it. It says they care when their wine is enjoyed and they care that the people enjoying it get to see it in its best light.

The first release of this wine was set down in the cellar by Crawford River in 1999. They are very, very selective about when they allocate fruit to the "Reserve" label - only the best will do.

Given the incredible pedigree of their Estate Riesling, it is hard to think that there would be a step above but there is. This is it.

The very best of this iconic Riesling producer with the maturity and gravitas that only comes with time.

truely in a class of its own amongst the Australian Riesling landscape, the Crawford River Reserve Riesling is a wine you need to try - at least once in your life.

About The Producer

Crawford River is very much a family operation. The talented Thomson clan have been producing wine from their beautiful home vineyard since 1985.

The Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc thrive on the estate, but it's Riesling that they are most famous for.

They produce a range of styles of varying ages that are outstanding. Many consider them as one of the country's premier producers of the noble variety.

These are wines of purity and elegance. Small-batch, family-owned, traditional winemaking and good, honest farming is at the core of everything Crawford River does.

Belinda and John Thomson
Belinda and John Thomson
Henty, VIC
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From The Producer

Belying its age, as these wines so often seem to, the hue is bright and pale. Showing fresh apple blossom and creamy custard apple on the nose and front palate, the wine shows chalky texture throughout. With ever so slight hints of toasty elements here and there, the wine shines; soft and supple from beginning to end, balanced and layered with beautifully poised acidity. Excellent persistence and a joy to drink.

Please also note this is not a re-release wine. The RESERVE Riesling is made in a slightly different style, from a special selection of rows in our oldest block where we see a particular expression. It is not made every year and was first made in 1999.

Blend : Riesling (100%)
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

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The Wine Front

"Mature riesling from arguably Australia’s pre-eminent riesling producer – in the context, of course, that there’s a lot of stiff competition for that mantle. Straw-green in colour, highly suggestive of orange and mandarin on the nose, textural in a delicious way, bursting with flavour and life. It is fully mature but vigorous with complex flavour. Put simply, it’s a treat." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

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Crawford River - best Riesling in Australia

Australia's best Riesling producer releases a 13 year old winery bottle aged reserve Riesling which gets the best Riesling for the year in James Halliday's wine companion. At $92 it is a steal (and absolutely delicious).

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