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2017 L’Enclos du Tertre Riesling

Frankland River, WA

A rare and exquisite Riesling of immense length and tension. 97+ points Mike Bennie.

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Even if you don’t read below, this release is outstanding. Here’s a new benchmark.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

In just a few short years, this has become a new high watermark for Western Australian Riesling. 

Lee and Clemence have worked with this fruit for many years. They know this site like the back of their hand. This old vine, dry-grown block is now managed by them. Here all the elements of Riesling come together in beautiful harmony.

It has incredible length and drive, a thrust through the mouth which is spine-tingling. Grip, texture, crunch and searing acidity - this has it all. Mike Bennie gave this a huge 97+ points, the highest rating ever for a young Australian Riesling on The Wine Front.

As far as Australian Riesling goes, L’Enclos du Tertre is right at the apex.

About L’Enclos du Tertre

L’Enclos du Tertre is the passion project of notable WA grape growing and winemaking pair, Clemence and Lee Haselgrove.

They were the powerhouse duo behind the award-winning wines of Forrest Hill for many years. Now they have their own project. These L’Enclos du Tertre wines have been exceptional from the get-go.

At the centre of it all is a dry-grown organic vineyard in Frankland River that was planted in the 1980s. Lee, one of WA's best viticulturalists tends these old vines. Clemence crafts the wines with a deft touch.

This is a producer to keep a close eye on. The wines are made in very small amounts and are disappearing into the cellars of those in the know at light-speed.

Clemence and Lee Haselgrove
Clemence and Lee Haselgrove
Frankland River, WA
Additional Info

From The Producer

Blend : Riesling (100%)
ABV : 12.50%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

The L’Enclos du Tertre vineyard
The L’Enclos du Tertre vineyard
Frankland River, WA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

97Points

"If you are a lover of fine riesling, or indeed fine Australian white wine, you should be familiar with L’enclos du Tertre. Clemence and Lee Haselgrove are formidable as a grape growing and winemaking duo. This wine comes from a single, lovingly-tended vineyard (planted 1980-ish) from Frankland River in Western Australia. Texture, particularly phenolic grip, is important in their winemaking, and this wine again shows how judicious handling of skins imparts detail and complexity in delicate, refreshing strata of riesling. Even if you don’t read below, this release is outstanding. Here’s a new benchmark. The perfume is seductive in its delicate portrayal of citrus (various), floral characters (various), faint musk, mineral-like slate and wet pebble notes. It’s gorgeous to sniff on. The palate is where the fireworks and ‘oh my’ moments are. Coiled, precise, exceptionally long, flavours rush yet linger, and are cupped gently in a building pucker of train track chalky-mineral filigree. You could read that sentence as nonsense words, so to boil it down, this is as detailed-feeling as white wine gets even though each sip feels light and fine. The succulence and freshness is kept in mind with each sip. Wow. More please." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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    Intriguing

    A complex and intriguing Riesling. Delicate but with a great finish. There’s a tantalising freshness which morphs into a fine, elusive flavours, hard to pin down but utterly intriguing. I think this is one which will become very appealing with a little bottle age, so I stocked up accordingly.

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