Crawford River Strata Riesling 2023


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Region: Henty
Grapes: Riesling
First Glance: Restrained, Linear, Fresh, Delicate

The Wine:
As is often the case in delicate years, this fruit was 100% whole bunch pressed to allow some additional flavour extraction in the press. Fermentation was a combination of spontaneous and inoculated yeasts and took place mostly in stainless steel. The very small percentage undertaken exclusively in old oak, serves to aid the texture and mouthfeel of the wine via the nature of interaction with the lees.

Citrus leaning towards the Myer lemon and Clementine spectrum are the driving forces here. There is ginger spice, sherbet and red apple skin, almost in equal measure, with lime lingering in the background. A lovely round palate, with soft textural elements that bely the cool year and shine throughout. Supple and even, the back palate has plenty of dried, mountain herbs, which add a savoury edge and freshness to the generous, long finish.