- 2023 Rieslingfreak No. 2 Polish Hill River Riesling
- 2023 Rieslingfreak No. 3 Clare Valley Riesling
- 2023 Rieslingfreak No. 4 Eden Valley Riesling
- 2023 Rieslingfreak No. 5 Clare Valley Off Dry Riesling
- 2022 Rieslingfreak No. 11 Mosaik Eden Valley Riesling
- 2023 Rieslingfreak No.12 Flaxman Valley Riesling
A producer with a single-minded varietal focus is a rarity in Australian wine, John Hughes is one of those rarities.
Try his wonderful new releases in this pack along with a super special release of the No. 11 - exclusively available here at Different Drop!
2023 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.
2023 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, and 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.
2023 Rieslingfreak No. 4 Eden Valley Riesling
John Hughes has a deep love of Riesling.
His unwavering commitment to it has seen him become one of the country's finest artisanal producers of the variety.
This is his Eden Valley Riesling. The fruit is sourced from three vineyards between Eden Valley and Flaxman's Valley.
It's made in a dry style, looking to capture the sublime characters of these brilliant vineyards. The quality is clear, the expression is pure.
This is Eden Valley Riesling in top form. A deadset bargain for any Riesling fan.
2023 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 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.
2022 Rieslingfreak No. 11 Mosaik Eden Valley Riesling
John Hughes is all about showcasing his love for Riesling, and he's passionate about showing off the diversity of the variety. This wine, his No. 11 Mosaik Riesling, is absolutely a wine to behold.
John got a little bit creative and wild with this expression - taking fruit from the Eden Valley, then ageing the wine in seasoned French oak for about a year. The result is magnificent - expect the typical Eden Valley Riesling flavours, like delicate florals, a lip smacking line of acidity, zesty citrus and finishing refreshingly crisp and racy. But the time spent in oak has given it an extra layer of complexity and the addition of a beautiful, mouth-filling, silky texture.
Overdelivering in the value for money department, this is an outrageously delicious and complex wine. Riesling lovers, you can't miss this.
2023 Rieslingfreak No.12 Flaxman Valley Riesling
The Flaxman Valley Riesling is one of the newer additions to the Rieslingfreak stable, with it first being released to celebrate John Hughes' achievement of being named Barossa's Winemaker of the Year.
It's a beautifully delicate yet structured wine; elegant and a bit 'grown up' in its own way. Zesty and racy, bursting with floral aromas, and a beautifully moreish hint of minerality.
All lovers of crisp dry whites, this one should be at the top of your list. And for the dollars asked, this is outrageously good value!
"This stunning High Eden Riesling instantly delivers with tense aromas of wet stones, apricot, spice and kaffir lime with youthful impact and energy... Benchmark Eden Riesling. 2026-2038"
- 97 pts, Andrew Caillard (The Vintage Journal)
- CKChristopher K.Verified Buyer12 seconds agoRated 5 out of 5 starsA symphony of Riesling excellence
The Rieslingfreak Masterclass Pack is an exquisite journey into the heart of Riesling country in South Australia. From the crisp and invigorating character of No.2 to the harmonious blend of Clare and Eden Valley expressions in No.3, No.4, and No.5, each bottle is a testament to the varietal's versatility and depth. While No.10 enchants with its delightful sweetness, it's No.11 that stands as the crown jewel, resonating with complexity and lingering sophistication. This collection is not just a tasting experience but an education, unraveling the nuances of each meticulously crafted variant. At such good value for money, it’s a must-have for aficionados and novices alike, seeking to delve deep into the world of Riesling.SelectionRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
- MNMatthew N.Verified Buyer1 month agoRated 5 out of 5 starsAmazing
Drank a couple and they taste reallly amazing, saving one for when my wife arrives.SelectionRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
- MVMarc V.Verified Buyer7 months agoRated 5 out of 5 starsFascinating Variation
It’s great tasting these alongside one another, it really shows how multi dimensional Riesling is as a variety and what can be done with it. I love Riesling and this purchase reminded me why.SelectionRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
- RLRena L.Verified Buyer7 months agoRated 5 out of 5 starsGreat value
Delicious and great for moneys valueSelectionRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
- PJPadraig J.Verified Buyer7 months agoRated 4 out of 5 starsStraight to the cellar
Hard to rate yet.... But when you know you know.....I snapped these up. These will be beauties I will be enjoying down the line. When rieslingfreak develop they develop with venom. I wait with excitement.SelectionRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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