The 2017 Vintage, has to be one of the most exciting vintages I have ever seen with Riesling, and I am going as far to say it is the Riesling Vintage of the century thus far.
About The Wine
A special wine for a special day here from Rieslingfreak John Hughes. John has boldly made the early call, "I am going as far to say it is the Riesling Vintage of the century thus far."
He is set to marry the love of his life, winemaking partner in crime Belinda Sinclair, in 2018. In preparation, they have taken the best fruit of the spectacular 2017 vintage and combined it into this, what they call the Zenit (German for 'Zenith') - a 'super Riesling' of sorts - which is destined to be the happy couple's drink of choice on the big day.
There is precious little of this wine available. It is a one time only release. It will live forever in the cellar yet has the fruit depth and flavour intensity to be excellent right now. This is John's finest Riesling release to date and is not to be missed.
A producer with a single-minded varietal focus is a rarity in Australian wine, John Hughes is one of those rarities.
John was born on an old Riesling vineyard in his home of the Clare Valley. To this day he pursues a regional and sub-regional expressions of Riesling as his sole winemaking mission.
The wines show exquisite purity and elegance and sit comfortably among the best examples that South Australia has to offer.