2017 Chalari Frankland River Riesling

Small batch Riesling from an organically farmed vineyard in Frankland River.

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Winemaker Alexi Christidis is off to a flyer with his first release of Riesling from an organically farmed vineyard in Frankland River.

This dry-grown fruit was picked in the cool of early morning and transported to the Perth Hills where Alexi got his hands on it. Treated with kid gloves, Alexi sought purity and texture in his first release and he's hit the nail spot on.

This is another top example of the high quality of Riesling coming from this part of the world. It's laser-focused but generous and immediately enjoyable.

Should cellar a treat, too.

Vineyard: Originally called Bobtail ridge, the vineyard was established by June and Jeremy Roberts in 1980. The block where my fruit was harvested from was Planted in 2000, the youngest plantings. 2.2 ha Houghton selection Riesling, using cuttings from Alkoomi.

Spur pruned, 100% VSP, dry farmed, organically farmed. North south rows, distinct gravel ridge, over medium clay, slight southerly aspect. Winemaking notes: Handpicked fruit in the cool of morning, transported in refrigerated truck to the Perth Hills for processing. Handled oxidatively to remove large phenolic compounds.

Crushed, destemmed, basket pressed. Fermented at cool temperatures (12C) for 3 weeks. Some lees stirring to create some texture. Only some bentonite fining to ensure protein stability. Minimal sulphites (enough to ensure microbial stability).

Acidity good in this wine so low levels suitable. Bottled end of July. pH: 3.07 TA: 8.49 Alc: 12.7% Residual Sugar: 0.4g/L

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