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2016 Crabtree Watervale Riesling

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    RRP $29.99 per bottle

    Our Price $25.99

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    $155.94 (6 x 750ml)

    cracka review

    Here is another stunning beast from 5 star rated Clare Valley wonder, Crabtree. From an excellent vintage in the Clare, this wines delivers exactly what Riesling drinkers demand! Lemon and lime blends in seamlessly with a subtle minerality, which Riesling freaks will keep coming back to for many years to come.

    expert reviews

    Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
    An eye-catching electric green hue pre-empts a riesling of notable restraint and purity of focused lime and granny smith apple perfume. A tense, honed palate is defined by pure, pristine lime fruit. Give it time in the cellar to uncoil.
    Wine Taste Special Edition 86 - Clare Riesling 2012
    93
    Rob Geddes MW (2012 Vintage) says
    Generous rich aromas typical of Watervale Riesling with floral, fresh cut minted pineapple fruit salad aromas, with subtle spice.The silky palate is classic to the region and the vintage with pineapple depth and length, fleshy and silky with a very good balance and length, fine and morish.
    Rob Geddes MW
    95
    James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
    Bright straw-green; there is an extra dimension of fruit complexity to booth the bouquet and palate compared to its Hilltop sibling, yet it retains its elegance and lightness of step, acidity providing gentle restraint. Greatness waits around the corner.
    Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
    95
    James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
    Has more tension, focus and drive than Hilltop Vineyard, although the character of the fruit flavours is similar until the emphatic finish and its lime sherbet.
    Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
    94
    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
    Bright quartz-green; the intense bouquet is packed with lime and spice/skin aromas, the palate pure and focused lime flowing smoothly across the tongue and through to the long finish. Estate-grown; top gold medal Adelaide Wine Show '10. A fascinating pair (this and the Hilltop Riesling), given the same alcohol origins, both high quality and both quite soft (in relative terms).
    Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
    95
    Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says

    Very pure and precise lime citrus nose with fragrant, lifted aromas and a really scintillating clarity here, some bath powder too. The palate boasts intensity and real power, very impressive through the middle, and shapes up in piercing style for a racy, lime-tinged finish.

    The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
    92
    James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
    Like the Hilltop, estate-grown, but here there is greater intensity to the highly floral bouquet and the juicy citrus fruits of the palate. Gold medal Adelaide Wine Show '09 thoroughly deserved.
    Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
    96
    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
    Clean, firm lemon and lime zest aromas, then a classic regional palate; picked 15 Feb and has excellent length and focus to the pure varietal fruit expression.
    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    95
    Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
    Clean and precise in their flavours finishing dry and bright they hit the honey lime, wax and lemon maturity quite quickly.
    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    92
    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
    Clean, firm, classic Watervale style; stone and slate characters, and a long finish; needs a minimum of 5 years.
    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    92
    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
    A complex, tangy mix of mineral, lime and herb; excellent length and structure.
    Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
    93
    James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
    Floral, lime blossom aromas to open with, then rich, luscious, mouthfilling lime and tropical fruit; at the rich end of the vintage style, and totally seductive.
    Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
    93
    James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
    Light green-yellow; a firm but highly aromatic bouquet of lime, apple and slate is followed by a palate with exceptional intensity, length and depth to the flavours, which replicate those of the bouquet. Multiple trophies at the 2001 Clare Valley Regional Wine Show, including Best Wine of Show. However, some variation has been noticed; the wine is finished with a cork, not Stelvin.
    Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
    94

    winemaker's notes

    The Crabtree Watervale Riesling is produced from our estate grown fruit in the very heart of the Watervale sub region of the Clare Valley.

    The fruit was handpicked and carefully selected to retain the freshness and punchy citrus fruit flavour that Watervale is renowned. With lifted aromatics of lemon zest and lime citrus spice, our estate Riesling is fruit concentrated and balanced with finely textured, juicy acidity. Sealed with a screw cap to ensure integrity of product, with careful cellaring this wine should mature gracefully for eight+ years. Serve with South Australian Kinkawooka mussels and blue swimmer crab pasta.

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