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2018 Rieslingfreak No.2 Polish Hill River Riesling

Clare Valley, SA

Stunning single-site Clare Valley Riesling from the modern Riesling master that is John Hughes.

$35.00

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About

About The Wine

The Polish Hill River Riesling comes from a single block in the Polish Hill sub-region of the Clare Valley.

John Hughes thinks this vineyard produces the best fruit of all his vineyard sources.

There's an extra level of intensity here. That classic iron bar of acidity as a spine, the chalky crunch of a green apple, wonderful perfume and glorious purity.

This sits comfortably alongside the best wines from this famous sub-region of the Clare.

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 produces some of South Australia's most articulate 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 John Hughes amongst the vines
The Rieslingfreak John Hughes amongst the vines
Clare Valley, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

Sourced from the Polish Hill River vineyard, situated 5km’s south east of the Clare township. The vineyard is owned by Rob and Lyn Jaeschke, who purchased the vineyard from Penfolds in 2010.

The vineyard is on grey brown loam, over sandy limestone and shale rock. The Riesling vines are approximately 14 years old, planted on 38 year old root stock. The grapes were harvested on the 13th March. Harvested by machine and delivered to the winery early morning. Crushed, destemmed and pressed.

Although a warmer vintage, the wine still shows the purity of Polish Hill River, with some slate and mineral characteristics, and flavours of green apple, bright citrus and pear.

Blend : Riesling (100%)
ABV : 11%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

White flowers, talc, lemon pith, slight chalkiness. It's open for business now. Squeeze of lime juice through the finish. Chalky, racy, exhilarating thing to drink. Looks great now but you can feel it's got a big future ahead. Fine-boned and pure. Great Clare Valley Riesling. - Different Drop Wine Team

DDS review

"Right now, this riesling is just too good to resist: full of crisp green apple juiciness and heady lime leaf aroma and that seductive drink-me-now, thirst-quenching young Clare riesling rush. But 2018 was such a good vintage, and winemaker John Hughes is such a fastidious riesling producer (very much in the mould of John Vickery or Jeff Grosset), you just know the wine is also going to cellar well for a decade at least." - Max Allen (Gourmet Traveller Wine)

94Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"From the Polish Hill River. While dry, it has a wealth of fruit encompassing lime, grapefruit and Granny Smith apple flavours. The finish is long, cleansing and fresh." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

Delivery

Delivery is Free for any order over $149 or more, or just $10 for any orders of $149 or less. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mixed pack!

Sydney Metro orders will be delivered the next day 6 days per week, Monday through Saturday. We can guarantee delivery before Christmas as long as you get your order in by midnight 23rd of December. Please refer to this map to see if your address is considered Sydney Metro here.

Melbourne Metro orders are picked up from our Sydney warehouse every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and delivered the following day in Melbourne (Tues/Wed/Fri). We can guarantee delivery before Christmas as long as you get your order in by midnight 22nd of December. Please refer to this map to see if your address is considered Melbourne Metro here.

Australia Wide Deliveries outside of Sydney and Melbourne metro are all delivered with Australia Post's eParcel wine delivery service. They pick up from us at 12pm Monday through Friday. When your order has been dispatched you'll receive tracking information to your email. Unfortunately with the complications of Covid and expected Christmas surge Australia Post are being extremely vague about delivery times. You will need to have your order placed before midnight 10th of December if you want to ensure it’s there for Christmas.

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Warehouse Pickup is available at our Sydney warehouse at 3 Fig, Ultimo, 2007. You are not able to browse our warehouse shelves and we are not licenced to sell over the counter, so please place your order online or over the phone before arriving. Feel free to call on arrival on 1300 668 385 and we can bring your order out to your vehicle.

Express Same Day Delivery is available for Sydney postcodes within 10km of the CBD. There is a $10 delivery surcharge and the order is needs to be placed before 12pm midday

Our Heat Policy can be viewed here. If you would like us to hold dispatch of your order for milder weather please leave instructions to do so in the 'SPECIAL REQUESTS' box found on the cart page before the final checkout. We are happy to hold it for as long as you like. All orders are fully insured so you can buy with full confidence that these tasty beverages will get to you in tip-top shape.

Returns are free for 100 days after purchase. You can view the conditions of our return policy here

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FaQs

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