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2016 O'Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling

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Polish Hill River is ground central for great Australian Riesling. The rocky soils, the warm days and cool nights - perfect for producing Riesling deliciousness! Speaking of delicious, this epic O'Leary Walker Riesling sits right up at the top of the tasty Riesling tree, with boatloads of acid and a concentration to die for. Primo Aussie Riesling.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Pale straw with steely green hues

Bouquet: Delicately perfumed with bath salts, talc and a hint of musk sticks

Palate: Powerful florals, riverstone minerality and fine natural acid

Food match: Fresh grilled Eyre Peninsula scallops in a creamy garlic and lemon sauce with a citrus salad

Cellaring potential: This wine is ready to drink now as a young, vibrant Riesling. You will be rewarded by careful cellaring for decades to come

Alc/vol: 11.5%

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2016 O'Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling

Expert Reviews

Mike Bennie (2016 Vintage) says
This is the pick of the Watervale vs Polish Hill tussle in 2016 from O’Leary Walker. It feels more ‘mineral charged’ with its wet slate, mineral water and granite like inflections, though there’s plenty of pretty florals and crunchy green apple going on too. It’s got intense, limey tang to its acidity. It’s wildly perfumed, juicy then breathtakingly lean, tight, finishing powdery-chalky dry. It’s set up in a dart-shaped thrust of vigorously energetic riesling. Yum.
2016 - 2031
93
Philip White (2015 Vintage) says
Guava. Lychee. Rambutan. Bosc pear. Rose hip. Lime blossom. Ripe Kingston Black cider apples. I probably shouldn’t make such a claim, but I suspect this is the greatest achievement yet of that bold rebellious alliance of Nick Walker and David O’Leary, refugees from great big wine companies.
95
James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
Gleaming straw-green; celebrates the vintage and the subregion; there are layers of lime-accented fruit and a hint of crushed lime leaves, given balance by slatey acidity. Exceptional value.
95
James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; the fragrant, flowery citrus blossom-filled bouquet accurately semaphores the totally delicious fruit of the palate, lime juice to the fore, resting on a bed of exactly balanced minerally acidity. Answers the challenge of WA's Porongurup/Great Southern in fine style.
96
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Bright, gleaming green-straw; has that extra degree of precision that Polish Hill River seems to always confer, and an intensity that is light on its feet; the slatey acidity is yet another marker that comes through strongly in this lime and lemon-accented wine thanks to extremely low pH.
2023
96
Tyson Stelzer (2013 Vintage) says
Alongside OLeary Walkers Watervale, this release of Polish Hill is even more enchanting in its delicacy, effortless confidence and enduring longevity. Immaculately honed linear focus highlights lemon blossom and spicy kaffir lime zest, sustained by delightfully slaty mouth feel and long-lingering persistence.
94
Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
Introducing your house riesling for the year. One of the perpetual bargains of the Clare has ascended to a place of distinctive mineral definition, chalk-like structure and beautifully refined precision in the great 2012 vintage. It’s got all the fragrant lime blossom florals, granny smith apple crunch and bath salt minerality for which Polish Hill River is rightfully renowned.
Wine Taste Edition 71 2012
94
Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
An exotic, almost candied nose here, that shows lime pith and some floral notes too; shows an exotic, ripe thread too. The palate s tight and tidy, with bright lime and lemon flavour, great, focused shape and length.
Good Wine Guide 2013
94
Rob Geddes MW (2012 Vintage) says
The colour is quite deep and ripe for such a young wine. The aromas are lime floral candy and there is a slatey cool element in the back ground and overall appealing use of ripeness.The acidity is slatey with generous drink now richness of lime stone fruit favours and lemon slatey acidity. Drink over 5 years.
Rob Geddes MW
92
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; the wine has an extra degree of character courtesy of its lime juice and slate counterpoint, which comes through on the bouquet and palate alike; the length of flavour and lingering aftertaste are prodigious.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
95
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
At this price, I always imagined this was a big volume blend, but it's not, and this explains how this talented duo has managed to pull a wine of such taut definition and clean, pure lime juice from this evil vintage.
Wine 100, March 2012
92
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bright green-straw; the bouquet has lime, apple blossom and talc aromas, the fresh and zesty palate driving through to the finish on the back of lime and mineral flavours.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
94
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
The makers style here has ripeness and regional richness but respects the terroir. Slate subsoil and local terroir combine to produce a powerful counter point to Watervale with more finesse less fullness at the front palate tighter in youth with varied scents from mineral to citrus pith steely palate texture with natural restraint and dry crispness and building along the tongue to reach its peak at the back. Will grow in the bottle with a lemon citrus intensity.
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Pale, bright green-straw, the wine has a very potent and complex bouquet with a mix of slate, blossom and bath powder aromas, the palate adding a subliminal touch of pepper reminiscent of gruner veltliner. 1800 dozen made.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
The makers style here has ripeness and regional richness but respects the terroir. Slate subsoil and local terroir combine to produce a powerful counter point to Watervale with more finesse less fullness at the front palate tighter in youth with varied scents from mineral to citrus pith steely palate texture with natural restraint and dry crispness and building along the tongue to reach its peak at the back. Will grow in the bottle with a lemon citrus intensity.
Rob Geddes MW
90
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The '09 Polish Hill River riesling from O'Leary Walker is again deeply connected to the slatey district character from whence it comes. Smells like lime wedges squeezed over cool slate; the palate's svelte and doesn't waver from the line for a second. Needs some time to arrive though.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Dyed in the wool Polish Hill River style, with slate and mineral nuances woven through the lime and apple blossom fruit, the finish authoritative and long.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
The makers style here has ripeness and regional richness but respects the terroir. Slate subsoil and local terroir combine to produce a powerful counter point to Watervale with more finesse less fullness at the front palate tighter in youth with varied scents from mineral to citrus pith steely palate texture with natural restraint and dry crispness and building along the tongue to reach its peak at the back. Will grow in the bottle with a lemon citrus intensity.
Rob Geddes MW
90
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
O'Leary Walker's 2008 Polish Hill Riesling is in scintillating form, full of piercing intent. Bright and crisp, it smells of slate and lime juice - really pure and focused. Intense fresh acidity runs straight through the palate, finishing with lip-smacking flavour and wet mineral cut.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Apple, lime and slate aromas; a beautifully structured and focused palate, the flavour flowing on evenly from the bouquet; thoroughly impressive line and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
The makers style here has ripeness and regional richness but respects the terroir. Slate subsoil and local terroir combine to produce a powerful counter point to Watervale with more finesse less fullness at the front palate tighter in youth with varied scents from mineral to citrus pith steely palate texture with natural restraint and dry crispness and building along the tongue to reach its peak at the back. Will grow in the bottle with a lemon citrus intensity.
Rob Geddes MW
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Developed colour, though bright; plenty of flavour, but lacks the usual penetration and punch of this wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
88
Ken Gargett (2007 Vintage) says
Romavilla in western Queensland is the only winery where a future prime minister (the young Billy Hughes) worked as a cellar rat. And this, as fat as I am aware, is the only winery opened by a PM (the Hon. J. Howard—also a rodent according to some backbenchers). You need good connections to pull that off, but these guys have even better ones in the wine world and can source some stunning fruit. This wine is officially declared a cracker!
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A mix of citrus blossom and tropical aromas, then a generous and rich palate, abundantly flavoured, but not heavy; good acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Wonderfully fragrant floral, lime blossom aromas; great balance and mouthfeel; lingering finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
The makers style here has ripeness and regional richness but respects the terroir. Slate subsoil and local terroir combine to produce a powerful counter point to Watervale with more finesse less fullness at the front palate tighter in youth with varied scents from mineral to citrus pith steely palate texture with natural restraint and dry crispness and building along the tongue to reach its peak at the back. Will grow in the bottle with a lemon citrus intensity.
Rob Geddes MW
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Powerful lime and apple aromas; ripe fruit flavours with weight and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
91
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; passionfruit, lime and mineral run through a wine of depth and power.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
92
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; the bouquet has a classic mix of lime, apple, passionfruit and slate, the fine, but intense palate with a range of similar flavours running through to a long finish. Only 500 cases made.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
95

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