2018 Lyons Will Riesling

Macedon Ranges, VIC

Fantastic Riesling with texture and character. An unusual yet tantalising Riesling out of Victoria.



About The Wine

The Lyons Will Riesling is a opulent example of the variety built around luscious mouthfeel rather than the sheer racy acidity that characterises so many younger Australian Rieslings.

The long, cool growing season in the Macedon Ranges allows the intensity of flavour to develop in the fruit before over-ripe sugars become an issue for Oli and Renata. The benefit of these marginal climates clearly on show in this unique interpretation of the variety.

This is raised in old barrels adding another level of depth and textural intrigue to the finished. The fine, mineral-charged acidity still rings clear, but it's complimented by sheets of honeyed flavour and a fine powdery grip.

A delicious, decadent Riesling on offer here from one of the Macedon's most exciting new operations.

About Lyons Will

Lyons Will is one of the hidden gems of the Macedon Ranges.

This stunning 4ha vineyard was originally planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in 1996 by Bob and Barabara Farawell and has really blossomed since being purchased by husband and wife Oliver Rapson and Renata Morello.

Oli is a viticulturalist and saw the potential for this beautiful site. In 2013 they planted a small amount of Gamay and Riesling on the property which are thriving, as well as extending their plantings of Pinot Noir.

It's a small family operation. Oli and Renata craft the wines together, everything is done by hand with a strong emphasis on sustainability. Their first releases are electric. Lyons Will is one of the most exciting new projects to emerge from the Macedon Ranges in the last decade.

Sunrise over Lyons Will
Sunrise over Lyons Will
Macedon Ranges, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

Thanks to long days, warm summers, and cold nights, the Macedon Ranges GI is the ideal environment for Riesling to fully express its potential.

The grapes are harvested mid april, late in the summer, to obtain the best quality possible – in which we look for balance between sweetness and acidity in berries. After a little skin contact, and careful extraction in a basket press, the wine is fermented in seasoned French oak barrels and left on leese to increase richness and expression. These barrels are then blended into one steel tank to bind and create a wide spectrum of flavours on palate.

Produced in limited quantities, Lyons Will Riesling offers a unique experience, achieved through a perfect balance between fresh natural acidity, sweet fruit and floral characters, giving the wine complexity and structure whilst expressing the specific terroir where it is produced.

Blend : Riesling (100%)
ABV : 12.0%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2023
Bottle Size : 750ml

Oli in the vineyard
Oli in the vineyard
Macedon Ranges, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews


"A curious mix of characters here that run from sweet-sour fruit characters to lightly soapy sort of things and a lick of light butteriness – yet there’s definitive riesling vibes going on. Dive in, I say. More width and amplitude of flavour than most riesling, more depth in perfume. I’d say this will polarise riesling stalwarts, but I dig it." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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