2018 Crawford River Young Vines Riesling

Henty, VIC

The perfect introduction into the much-loved Rieslings of Crawford River.



About The Wine

There are a few names associated with Australia's best Rieslings, Crawford River is right at the top of that list.

This 'Young Vine' example is designed to be fresh, pure and energetic, but with the vines now over 15 years of age there is plenty of depth and concentration there too.

The 2018 vintage is a classic release of the usual high standard from the Crawford River cellar.

It is incredible to find such purity, such precision, such complexity in Riesling at this price. And with every year that passes, this 'Young Vine' offering becomes better value for money. Put simply, a delicious wine from an iconic Aussie Riesling producer!

About The Producer

Crawford River is very much a family operation. The talented Thomson clan have been producing wine from their beautiful home vineyard since 1985.

The Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc thrive on the estate, but it's Riesling that they are most famous for.

They produce a range of styles of varying ages that are outstanding. Many consider them as one of the country's premier producers of the noble variety.

These are wines of purity and elegance. Small-batch, family-owned, traditional winemaking and good, honest farming is at the core of everything Crawford River does.

Belinda and John Thomson
Belinda and John Thomson
Henty, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

This wine is produced from the grapes of 2 vineyard plantings of younger Riesling now. Most of the fruit from the vineyard planted in 2000 and the remainder from 20 rows we planted in 2010.

This is the first time these young vines from 2014 have fruited anything and we are excited to have very decent volumes for the 2018 vintage. We still see a stylistic difference between the juice of the original blocks of fruit we planted in 1975.

We will continue to make the ‘young vines riesling’, now identifiable to so many of our clients.

Blend : Riesling (100%)
ABV : 12.5%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

"Blossom and citrus notes abound in this wine, both on the nose and the palate. These elements, coupled with stone-like, mineral overtones and grapefruit pith makes for a delicious, complex mouthful. The time on lees helps create a textural palate and lively acidity aids length and balance." - Belinda Thomson, winemaker

The Wine Front

"Sorta young vines, with plantings from 2010 and 2000 used for this wine. Crawford River should be on any riesling lovers radar, though I suspect it already is well and truly.  All the florals, all the citrus fruits, flinty, tangy, pithy and pristine. It shows great velocity through the palate, pinpoint accuracy too, zestiness, a mouth-puckering and refreshing finish. It’s summery as it is elegant and unevolved, a svelte, whooshing thrust of riesling with fine detail in tow. Deliciousness is a by-word. No brainer for anyone who loves lively, energetic, refreshing white wines, with a touch of class." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"Not such young vines really, but this label has its own identity now. Partial whole bunch press is used, and about 3 months on lees. This is typically the softest, most forward Crawford River Riesling, but still imbued with lively lemon zest and lime characters and slatey acidity. Some fullness and sweetness of fruit through the palate adds to its drink-now appeal." - Steven Creber (Halliday Wine Companion)


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