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2017 Rieslingfreak No.5 Clare Valley Off Dry Riesling

Clare Valley, SA

Beautifully balanced off-dry Riesling.

$22.00

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About
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

There are few off-dry styles of Riesling in Australia that are executed as well as this offering from Riesling fanatic, John Hughes.

The balance in the 2017 release is excellent. From a vintage that Hughes has described as "the Riesling Vintage of the century thus far." the intensity of the fruit and the laser-like acidity all lent itself perfectly to make a more 'Germanic' expression of the Clare Valley.

This wine style matches perfectly with spicy dishes and has the balance to drink brilliantly on its own.

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
Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Sweetened juicy limes, blossoms, spice and a cool even flow through the palate. It's cliped by tart lemons and succulent, mouthwatering acidity. Balance is terrific. There's just enough sweetness to feel generous but it's cinched together with thrilling acidity. Top notch. - Different Drop Wine Team

95Points
The Wine Front

"Winemaker John Hughes has dedicated himself to the art of fine riesling, and, particularly, the balance between sugar, fruit and acidity that allows him to play with varying residual sugar levels. Here he makes a pitch perfect off dry style. Breakfast wine of highest order, but take it way more seriously.  Complex bouquet with honeysuckle, candlewax, fresh citrus, kaffir lime leaf, raw ginger. Palate has good lick of sweetness but incredible acid backbone. Superb balance, lightning bolt of acidity through the wine. It races along with crystalline feel, precise and thrilling with its delicious, moreish, fresh nature. Brilliant." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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%)
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

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