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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

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
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
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
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
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 (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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