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2016 Forest Hill Vineyard Springvale Estate Riesling

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This bonny single vineyard Riesling from Forest Hill is the wine you can drink whilst their wonderful Block 1 Riesling is in the cellar. Aromas of lemons, limes, Granny Smith apples and jasmine florals rise delicately from the glass, whilst the palate is light, bone-dry and zesty, with flinty minerality, tight acidity and a touch of white pepper spice in the bright, refreshing finish. Just the thing for some creamy, freshly-shucked oysters.

Winemaker's Notes

Winemaking: Riesling grapes were harvested during the cool hours. The grapes are then pressed and the juice chilled and cold settled. Cool fermentation was held between 12 and 14 degrees to retain as much of the natural freshness as possible. Once alcoholic fermentation was completed, the wine was racked off yeast lees and filtered before bottling on 19th May 2016.

Vintage Notes: The 2016 growing season in Mount Barker began with a dry spring and early summer, only 44mm falling between September and December. This initial dry period was broken by some significant rainfall during late summer and continuing to end of harvest. This rainfall lead to challenges in the 2016 vintage in particular with the late ripening red varieties. Despite these weather events, our dry grown vineyards maintained canopy balance and minimal disease pressure. Riesling and Chardonnay were the standouts in 2016.

Tasting Notes: Bright pale straw with green hues. Lifted aromas of fresh lime and jasmine. The palate is driven by natural acidity with flavours of citrus juice, zest and honeysuckle. Mineral and textural finish.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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2016 Forest Hill Vineyard Springvale Estate Riesling

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
A fine, slowly maturing cellar style likely to develop charming complexity. Lightly spicy, its fragrance of tangy lime juice, guava and a hint of apple precede a long, generously flavoured and austere palate whose bright lemon/apple flavours and fine chalkiness are wrapped in a delightfully integrated but assertive acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Pure-fruited and fine aromas of lime, nectarine, spice and a little orange zest for added lift; the palate is racy and fine, giving generosity and flesh at the same time for a thoroughly complete and satisfying, long and harmonious young wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
An austere, chalky and tightly focused riesling whose floral, lightly spicy and musky bouquet of lime juice, pear and apple reveals a hint of lemon zest. It's long and shapely, with restrained presence of fruit tightly focused by austere, steely acids, finishing dry and citrusy with fine underlying chalkiness. Give it some time.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Showing some richness and riper fruits here in 2010, this has tropical fruits and a bright fragrant lift. The palate's more steely and finely bedded in with brisk acid crunch; some white-peach and citrus flavours run the distance. Finished long and true.
Penguin Good WIne Guide 2011 2011
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Quartz-white; a fragrant citrus and apple blossom bouquet; the palate is precisely focused, linear and long, with delicious citrus and green apple flavours tracking the bouquet.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Elegant, stylish and charmingly restrained, with a musky fragrance of white flowers, lavender, lime juice and lemon rind backed by a whiff of baby powder. It's long and juicy, pure and focused, with a tight, racy presence of tangy, fresh, citrusy fruit backed by a fine chalkiness before finishing with a bright acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Beautifully fragrant and perfumed riesling from the Great Southern showing that slightly spicy character of the region. There's; some nettle and light limey influence on the nose with a tightly minerally spicy palate. Fine lingering acid sustains the finish. Nice wine.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
More accessible than Block 1, especially on the back-palate and finish, where lime juice and lime blossom notes break free; a very pure and intense riesling, also born to stay, thanks to its great acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Has as much fruit depth as Block 1, but not the same precision and polish; citrus with a touch of passionfruit, and a good wine by any standards.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Wonderfully fragrant apple and citrus blossom aromas and flavours; a tight spine of acidity will hold the wine for many years. Gold medal National Wine Show '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; a very fine wine, partially living within the shadow of Block 1; by ordinary standards, high-quality lime and mineral flavours with great length.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Ray Jordan (2003 Vintage) says
Very distinctive aromas of apple and pear in here, with a hint of lime juice. Behind that is a faint mineral edge. The palate has a piercing acidity, which cuts and lifts the pure Riesling fruit. It's delicate and refined with a long lingering finish. Will cellar very nicely
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Complex wine, seemingly showing some botrytis influence, which, while adding to the total impact, has also hastened the development somewhat.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; intense herb, mineral and slate aromas foretell a powerful, intense, mouthfilling wine which, despite all the power, avoids phenolic toughness.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

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