About The Pack
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.
Here are three of his Clare Valley offerings from 2018. Outstanding buying/drinking here for the Riesling fan.
2018 Rieslingfreak No.3 Clare Valley Riesling
The Rieslingfreak No. 3 is John Hughes' outstanding value Clare Valley Riesling.
The Clare Valley is John's home. This wine captures the essence of the region. This comes from John's home vineyard, it's the wine he watches closest from vine to bottle.
Firm, steely but with a generosity that makes this a delicious drink now or primed for decades in the cellar. An absolute bargain and a must have for all lovers of Australian Riesling.Read more about 2018 Rieslingfreak No.3 Clare Valley Riesling
2018 Rieslingfreak No.2 Polish Hill River Riesling
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.Read more about 2018 Rieslingfreak No.2 Polish Hill River Riesling
2018 Rieslingfreak No.5 Clare Valley Off-Dry Riesling
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 the 2018 release is excellent. From a vintage that John thinks will be an earlier drinking vintage than the tightly wound 2017's the ripeness of the fruit and the laser-like acidity all lent itself perfectly to make this more 'Germanic' expression of the Clare Valley.
This wine style matches perfectly with spicy dishes and has the balance to drink brilliantly on its own.Read more about 2018 Rieslingfreak No.5 Clare Valley Off-Dry Riesling