2017 Rieslingfreak No.10 Zenit ‘Pinnacle’ Riesling

Clare Valley, SA

A special wine crafted specifically for the most important day of John Hughes' life.


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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.

John Hughes (Owner/winemaker)

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.


About Rieslingfreak

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.

The Rieslingfreak himself in his home vineyard
The Rieslingfreak himself in his home vineyard
Clare Valley, SA

Critic Reviews

DDS review

This is Clare Valley Riesling dialled up to 11. More power, more fruit flavour. Length to burn. Searing acid cuts and thrusts its way through the mouth. It's icy, crunchy, steely. A dart of green apple and green pineapple shot from a rifle with lime and lemon left to linger in its wake through the incredible finish. Amazing length. Exhilarating and bracing to drink. Absolutely killer Riesling. - Different Drop Wine Team

Australian Wine Review

"A one off. An oddity. Never again. This wine was made to celebrate John Hughes’ – the Rieslingfreak – upcoming wedding to partner Belinda Sinclair. He’s a legend too, with an unwavering passion for Riesling that is really paying off. Here, we see a ‘best of’ release that includes 50% Clare Valley, 40% Eden Valley and 10% Polish Hill River fruit. There’s an interesting contrast here – hints of riper fruit in amongst more classical grapefruit. Excellent intensity, very linear. Maybe a little too driving in its chugging acidity – it could scare some off with its dryness. But such excellent purity, with plenty of ripe fruit to match. Just delicious wine. Best drinking: 2017-whenever. Would I buy it? Absolutely." - Andrew Graham (Australian Wine Review)

Additional Info

From The Producer

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. With a long and cool spring and summer, and the generosity of rain from Mother Nature, the vintage was set for the Riesling vineyards.

Riesling is one variety that performs well under cool and wet weather conditions. As a result of Mother Nature, we had ample of water to the vines, creating large vines, big bunches and big berries, the perfect recipe for great Riesling. By having the cool and wet seasons, we had a latter vintage. The bonus of this was the grapes were on the vine for an extra 3-4 weeks, providing a longer ripening season.

As a result we have ended with some very refined and delicate Rieslings, nearly as good as what we see coming out of Germany! The Rieslings from the 2017 vintage can be consumed now, and for those that enjoy aged Riesling, the 2017 Rieslings will stock and reward your cellar over time. 2017 'Zenit' is comprised of 50% Clare Valley, 40% Eden Valley and 10% Polish Hill River fruit.

Blend : Riesling (100%)
ABV : 11.5%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2037
Bottle Size : 750ml

John amongst the vines
John amongst the vines
Clare Valley, SA
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