Crawford River Riesling 2023


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Region: Henty
Grapes: Riesling
First Glance: Citrus, Concentrated, Elegant, Age-worthy
Acclaim: 97pts

The Wine:
This vintage was made with 100% whole-bunch pressed fruit to enhance textural depth, largely due to the cool nature of the season. A natural settle in tank preceded a combination of spontaneous and inoculated fermentation - predominantly in stainless steel. After cool fermentation, the wine spent an average of 6 weeks on lees prior to racking, sulphur addition and blending. Bottled September 2023.

Citrus is the dominant feature throughout this wine, in many guises. Soft, lemon curd elements on the nose, with edges of Kaffir lime and pink grapefruit to closely follow. Fresh lime zest and pretty talc are supported by white florals and pith-like textural quality. The palate is complex, long and even, with the chalky, supple texture lending integrity and wonderful length. Crawford River through and through, with many years ahead of it. Fresh, lively acidity and balanced weight is key to its drinkability now and longevity into the future.

The Review:
Huon Hooke, The Real Review - 97Pts 
"Very light, bright yellow colour with a haunting fresh fragrance of lemon-peel, lime juice and high-toned estery floral notes. The wine is tremendously intense and rich in the mouth, lifted in the core by a tickle of sweetness which niftily counteracts the quite high acidity. There is a firmness that stops just short of austerity. Long, long carry. This is seriously impressive young Riesling, brilliant now but promising much for the future."