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We'd like to make a confession. A heartfelt confession at that. Great Southern Rieslings - like this one - may be bigger hits here at Cracka these days than their South Australian counterparts. It's controversial, and may lose us some friends, but gee we love that combination of perfect natural acidity and pristine flavours, making for wines that are fresher, more lively and more interesting.
This Harewood is a great example too - fragrant, crisp, floral and delicious.
Appearance: A brilliant, exceptionally pale straw colour with youthful green tinges.
Nose: The wine exhibits intense floral, citrus and talc notes enhanced by an underlying spicy vibrancy.
Palate: A seamless palate, with initial flavours of passionfruit and mandarin leading to a spicy mid-palate with hints of nectarine finishing with classic mouth-watering lemons and limes. The fine structure is testament to the care taken during this wines production.
Cellaring: This wines youthful intensity and fruit-driven vibrancy can be enjoyed over the next two to three years. Cellaring for up to 15 years will be rewarded with the classic complex, toasty, textured characters of an aged cool-climate riesling.
Harewood Awards and Accolades
Vigneron James Kellie has produced three superb Harewood Estate rieslings from the 2012 vintage under the subregional names Frankland River, Porongurup and Mount Barker. Toss a coin - or just buy a mixed dozen! This is a delicate, low-alcohol style that already has an alluring bouquet of spices, lemon and fragrant herbs, leading into a surprisingly rich, powerful palate. It's intense and long with well-harmonised acidity. Flavour and character to burn. It's remarkably accessible now, and will also age well. Drink now to 10 years. 11 per cent alcohol.
Food Grilled scallops with a green salad, lychees and mango; almost any white- or pink-fleshed fish, simply cooked and sauced with pan juices deglazed with lemon juice or verjus.
94/100, 'Wine of the Week' Huon Hooke, SMH