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2016 Sevenhill Inigo Riesling

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RRP $22.00 per bottle

Our Price $21.99

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$131.94 (6 x 750ml)

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Sevenhill are one of the oldest wineries in the Clare Valley and was set up by Jesuit priests to make sacramental wines. Thankfully these days you don’t have to go to church to try their work as they do a range of table wines. So will they tempt you with this heavenly Riesling? We think so. It’s full of waxy citrus and apple blossom and is a very pure example of the grape. Grapefruit and lemon feature on the tight lean palate culminating in a long, dry finish.

expert reviews

Gary Walsh (2016 Vintage) says
It’s a delicate style, and quite shy in its youth, with clean lemony flavour, fine acidity, flinty feel and a crunchy lemon-water finish. Not a powerhouse style at all. Certainly water-colours here, but all the elements are in harmony I think. So, if you like them light and fresh, it’s a good option.
2017 - 2029+
91
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Bottled and released in May ’12, its scented, floral bouquet and expressive palate an early testament to the quality of the vintage; it has a similarly evocative palate, with citrus fruit framed by slatey acidity on a lingering finish. Great bargain.
2022
Australian Wine Companion 2012
95
Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
There s a great, stony, mineral edge here, some terrific stone fruits too; great freshness and concentration, almost flinty. The palate has a generosity, some lively stone fruits, nectarine and each, some lime too. Great elegance with concentration here.
2016
Good Wine Guide
93
Rob Geddes MW (2012 Vintage) says
Slightly severe for a 2012 with lime and apple fresh fruit aromas. The palate is open, zippy acidity varietal with appealing evenness and good middle palate fruit and grippy apple finish. Very Clare in style.
2018
Rob Geddes MW
86
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; the flowery aromatic bouquet leads logically into a very focused and balanced palate, with lime and lemon citrus fruit offset by immaculately judged acidity.
To 2021
Australian Wine Companion 2013
93
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Sevenhill is half way from Watervale on the road to Clare. It has less of WaterValespice and its own sub regional limey riesling aroma and a palate half way towards Clare leanness than Watervale richness with lovely with persistence offering great value.
2016
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
This beautiful estate-grown riesling has a startlingly fragrant bouquet, perfumed and flowery, and the palate comes as no disappointment, with lilting citrus and passionfruit flavours and a long finish. Sometimes this level of fruit expression has a degree of reduction, but this wine is as fresh as a spring day.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
96
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Sevenhill is half way from Watervale on the road to Clare. It has less of WaterVale spice and its own sub regional limey riesling aroma and a palate half way towards Clare leanness than Watervale richness with lovely with persistence offering great value.
Rob Geddes MW
89
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A crystalline, pure slate and lime zest nose that really sparkles with clarity and precision - it all speaks of slate and Sevenhill terroir. The palate is engaging for the power it wields in contained shape and the length of flavour, acid balance and all-round intensity. Very young, like driving fast with the roof down.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Elegant riesling with persistence offering great value
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Lighter framed riesling with persistence offering great value.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Quite deep colour; a touch of kerosenewith lime and mineral notes; quite rich on the palate with a strong quince flavourevident
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
88
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Elegant riesling with persistence offering great value
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
86
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Elegant riesling with persistence offering great value
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
85
Rob Geddes MW says
Baked citrus pie and citrus zest aromas that grew in the glass, still fresh when tasted as a ten year old. Baked grapefruit lgood depth and roundness and fully mature showing vanilla and icing sugar finish
Rob Geddes MW
92

winemaker's notes

Vines: Sevenhill’s Riesling vineyards are planted on gently undulating slopes up to 500 metres above sea level. Warm days and cool nights during the growing and ripening season are perfect for Riesling, as is the combination of stony and richer, red-loam soils.

Vintage: Yields were above expectations and quality was high for the 2016 vintage, particularly for the core varieties of Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Good rains in late January 2016 and early February gave the grapes a welcome boost on the eve of picking and harvest conditions allowed even ripening of the fruit. Picking started at Sevenhill on Wednesday, February 10, and the steady flow of high-quality fruit produced outstanding varietal character and flavours.

Winemaking: Winemaking aims to protect and maintain the character developed in the vineyard. The fruit is gently pressed, taking great care not to allow oxygen to steal the flavour. The juice is kept very cool and carefully selected yeasts ferment to dryness at temperatures of around 12°C. The individual vineyard blocks are kept separate until after fermentation when blending occurs.

Attributes: The 2016 Inigo Riesling shows divine varietal character underlined by a citrus punch that engages on the back of powerful floral aroma. Pithy lime flavours flow through to a slightly textured finish.

Alc/vol: 10.5%

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