2020 Coates The Riesling

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Class act Riesling from the Adelaide Hills with a European bent, thanks to some barrel ferment and ageing characters. Seamlessly good.
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Duane Coates MW has probably drunk a lot of fine European wine in this time, and this may influence his winemaking, as there is a euro motif across his whole, brilliant-value, range of wines.

This is Adelaide Hills Riesling, not Clare or Eden, which is cooler and higher in altitude. So this not an incisive, acid-driven bone-dry example of Aussie Riesling but a silky, complex endeavour thanks to some natural ferments, barrel ageing and time on its yeast lees.

Alongside the pristine, zesty citrus and tropical fruit characters is a mineral drive and a dense breadth to the palate.

An exceptionally good value Riesling.

There has been a desire to add a Riesling to the Coates range for many years. But with such a breadth of styles within our winery and limited time the project had been on permanent delay. In 2019 it was decided to go ahead and finally add a Riesling to our line up. The established order of the Australian wine industry would suggest the Eden Valley or Clare Valley would be the logical place to source grapes. But Riesling is a cool climate variety with Clare Valley and Eden Valley having a far from cool climate growing season. As such, the fruit is sourced from a single vineyard in the Kuitpo region of the Adelaide Hills (which is where the Coates winery based). A cool climate location ensures that the grapes have an elegance of flavour and good natural acidity that we seek to preserve in the finished wine.


Light straw in colour, the nose shows restrained tropical fruits accompanied by lemongrass and kaffir lime zest. A lithe palate with plenty of citrus zing with guava and delicious floral notes leading into a long, crisp finish.

96 Points - "Hand-picked Kuitpo fruit. Natural ferment in old hogsheads (5+ years). Left on gross lees for 4 months. Minimal SO2 and zero adds otherwise, notably zero acidity, the bane of domestic riesling. Doing everything possible to avoid the ’dreaded’ kerosene notes of Oz riesling. An exercise in how to make riesling (too often shrill, battery acid-dry and brittle in this country) into a phalanx of optimally ripe fruit, the sort of juicy acidity that pulls the saliva from the back of the mouth with an elastic cadence and real textural intrigue. Class and complexity, the DNA. Kaffir lime, sure. Better, quince paste, tangerine, lemon meringue and a pungent mineral undercurrent. The older oak, servicing an expansive breadth that stains the cheeks. Thrilling length! Excellent wine." - Ned Goodwin (Halliday Wine Companion)

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    Astonishing white, the way of the future

    I tried this a weekend after revisiting the outstanding Dr Edge Tasmania Riesling and courtesy of a comrade a grand cru Clemens Busch from Germany. One sniff of the Coates and I though I was back in the Rhine. The uber long, delicate tingling finish and and textured, almost slatey palate confirmed it - at about a fifth the price. Profoundly satisfying and a marker as to where Oz Riesling should head. With the Edge, the best new set style white I’ve tasted in over a decade. Great value too.

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