2023 Limefinger The Solace Polish Hill River Riesling

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An acid-driven and thirst-quenching Riesling with finesse and texture, from one of the Clare's most-loved winemakers.
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The Solace Polish Hill River Riesling is a powerhouse of a wine, with acid aplenty and a sumptuous texture that demonstrates why this subregion is so special.

Sourced from vines planted in 1994 on Pike's own Home Block vineyard, the east-west orientation ensures the grapes attain full ripeness through almost constant exposure to the sun during the day. The soil of red loam, red/blue slate and yellow clay - which is quite typical of Polish Hill - imparts wonderful minerality.

While often a bit shy on the nose when young, this Riesling develops pure and bright aromas of stone fruit, citrus and spice in the glass, and it can age comfortably for 10 years.

97 points
"A thrilling Clare Riesling with such an exciting future."
- Ken Gargett (Wine Pilot)

95 points
"Very good. Not as generous and vital as the and Watervale, but still so good."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

“The Solace” Riesling is sourced from our own “Home Block” right in the centre of Polish Hill River (PHR) at 440m elevation. The vines were planted on their own roots in 1994 on red/brown loam over broken red/blue slate and yellow clay. Typical PHR.

Given time the fruit begins to uncoil itself from around the spine of acid and talc-like texture to reveal the beautiful lemon/lime characters that are often hidden early on. Left to age in the cellar for 7-10 years the gorgeous lemon butter aged characteristics of PHR Riesling will emerge.

Making wine from this block for almost thirty years has been a privilege. With more time on my hands these days, I have been able to find a place of peace and Solace in the pruning, growing and picking of the grapes from this lovely little patch of heaven.

97 points - "From the Polish Hill River sub-region of the Clare Valley, specifically the ‘Home Block’ which was planted in 1994 in the centre of that sub-region. This is truly special. 2023 is the third cracking vintage in the Clare in a row. Gin clear, we have wet slate and riverstone notes. Spices, lemons, talc and limes. Fresh, tight, taut and pristine, piercing and yet balanced. There is good thanks to vibrant acidity and incredible length. A seamlessly structured, exquisite Riesling which will sail through the next ten to twenty years in a good cellar. A thrilling Clare Riesling with such an exciting future." - Ken Gargett (Wine Pilot)

95 points - "Lime juice, aniseed, lime leaf and cinnamon spice. It’s white fleshed, juicy, so much fine chalky grip, chamomile and pear, a stony texture through it, all powder and fennel, fresh blueberry (I know, right?), with a slate and powdery finish of excellent length. Very good. Not as generous and vital as the and Watervale, but still so good." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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After a lifetime dedicated to wine, you would think that an illustrious winemaker such as Neil Pike would want to settle down and drink wine rather than make it. Not so.

Limefinger is his "retirement project", where he grows grapes and sources fruit from trusted growers (solely Riesling), with a clear focus on sustainability at all stages of farming and production.

Given that the focus is on Riesling, it's probably no surprise that the wines on offer are from the Watervale and Polish Hill subregions. The production remains tiny (only a few thousand bottles of each wine) so they're quickly snapped up after release each year.

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