2023 Rieslingfreak No. 5 Clare Valley Off Dry Riesling

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Perfectly balanced off-dry Riesling from the passionate and highly-skilled John Hughes.
4.5
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
13 Reviews

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There are few off-dry styles of Riesling in Australia that are executed as well as this offering from Riesling fanatic, John Hughes.

The balance in this release is excellent. The ripeness of fruit and the laser-like acidity all lends itself perfectly to make this more 'Germanic' expression of the Clare Valley. It's a wine you could happily drink straight away, or hold onto it for later (if you can resist).

This wine style matches perfectly with spicy dishes and has the balance to drink brilliantly on its own.

"Beautifully balanced, a magical wine. The most gorgeous wine on the day."
- 96 pts, Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

"A beautiful line of flavour follows, reserved sweetness kept in check by laser like acidity driving through to a long, stony and drying finish. Immaculate balance will see this age very well. 2026-2035"
- 96 pts, Andrew Caillard MW (The Vintage Journal)

Rieslingfreak No.5, like No.3 is made from the family vineyard, but with the grapes harvested from a vineyard with lighter soils therefore providing a lighter style of wine.

The grapes are harvested earlier in the season, to provide a wine that is slightly less in alcohol. Being ‘off dry’ the sugar level can vary each vintage, pending on the season, normally between 11-15g/L. The sugar is balanced nicely with the acid, providing a fruit driven style with a hint of sweetness. The wine drinks well on release, or will reward with cellaring.

Region: Clare Valley, SA
Blend: Riesling (100%)
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Closure: 750ml
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96 Points - "Beautiful floral, honeysuckle, lime, talc scented, highly aromatic bouquet: there's the sense that the residual sugar is lifting the fruit, which is often the way in off-dry and semi-sweet style rieslings. Exquisite aromas, a note of stone-fruits, the taste off-dry but you would never describe it as sweet. It dries off towards the back-palate with a lot of acidity. Beautifully balanced, a magical wine. The most gorgeous wine on the day. (From the Hughes family's White Hutt vineyard. 13 grams/litre of sweetness. On the riesling scale: half-way through the medium-dry section)" - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

96 points - "This medium-dry Clare Valley Riesling is fresh and tightly wound, offering up a well weighted core of sherbet, passionfruit and pear aromas with a gentle lining of spice. A beautiful line of flavour follows, reserved sweetness kept in check by laser like acidity driving through to a long, stony and drying finish. Immaculate balance will see this age very well. 2026-2035" - Andrew Caillard MW (The Vintage Journal)

95 points - "The dividing lines between fruit, mineral, pH and acidity can easily be blurred when the RS is 13g/L as here, and there's every reason in the world why this wine should be enjoyed without more. John Hughes has long-since had to prove his credentials after years of success at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show. German winemakers (say, Dr Loosen) would doff their hats to this wine." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

Customer Reviews

4.5
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
Based on 13 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 8 Total 4 star reviews: 3 Total 3 star reviews: 2 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
13 reviews
  • NB
    Neil B.
    Verified Buyer
    12 seconds ago
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Riesling

    Up there with the best

  • JB
    Joseph B.
    Verified Buyer
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    4 months ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Benchmark Riesling

    Benchmark off dry Riesling - lovely balance and everything you’d expect. Great value.

  • TR
    Terrie R.
    Verified Buyer
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    5 months ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    A very tasty drop

    Really well balanced zesty wine. A bargain at the price!

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Rieslingfreak

Rieslingfreak founder & winemaker John Hughes is quite simply making the most comprehensive, high-quality and remarkably priced range of Rieslings in the country.

Growing up in the family Riesling vineyard in Clare Valley, which John still farms today, Riesling simply runs through this man's blood. John, with the help of his talented winemaking wife Belinda, make only Riesling - not a bottle of any other variety - and they've honed their craft to a level unmatched in Australia.

They are two of the nicest people you're likely to meet, so wholeheartedly committed to their vision and craft, and we are proud to have worked so closely with them for so many years. These wines rank amongst the very best value to be found anywhere in Australia, and we give them our fullest recommendation. Enjoy!

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