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2016 Skillogalee Riesling

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Skillogalee is quite a mouthful to say and their wines are quite a mouthful too. This winery is an institution in the Clare Valley and no visit to the region is complete without a visit to their cellar door. Classic Clare aromas here, with lime and floral aromatics, the palate delivers all the nose promises with a rich vein of lime and a really tight, acid finish. It’s drinking beautifully now but like all Riesling’s from the Clare will age well to show its secondary characters. Think simple with this one, some grilled white fish or oysters would be perfect.

Winemaker's Notes

The grapes for this dry Riesling were grown on low-yielding vines, on the highest slopes of the Skillogalee estate (about 500 metres above sea level). The family-owned vineyard is managed in accordance with sustainable farming practices. Despite it being a relatively dry and warm growing season, Riesling was again one of the highlights of the 2016 Clare Valley vintage.

The fruit was processed in a number of individual parcels, with each contour/block of vines picked as it reached its optimum ripeness and flavour. Each parcel was then fermented separately, allowing us to vary winemaking and processing techniques to suit the individual characteristics of each, and giving us the opportunity to enhance individual highlights, before blending immediately prior to bottling.

The wine is straw-like in appearance, with a green tinge. The nose has a perfumed lift of white flowers, lime blossom and musk. The palate is full-flavoured with pronounced fruit weight and texture. Flavours of Tahitian lime zest and pith prevail, with hints of citrus spice and succulent, juicy acidity emerging thereafter. Structurally, this wine has impressive length, a lively natural acid backbone and a mouth-wateringly powerful finish.

Drink now with fish, seafood or white meat dishes, or cellar for up to 10 years.

Alc/vol: 12.7%

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2016 Skillogalee Riesling

Expert Reviews

Wine Companion (2015 Vintage) says
Several blocks at the top of the estate slopes were separately vinified, the best lots blended shortly prior to bottling. There is a juicy, mouthwatering blend of lime, lemon and a hint of grapefruit; in the long term, the natural acidity of the year will be a blessing.
Drink by 2030
94
Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
From the uppermost reaches of Skillogalee’s estate at a high point of the Clare Valley, this is a pristine riesling that unites approachability and great cellaring potential. A stunning bouquet captures the taut zestiness of lime and lemon, the freshness of granny smith apples and the subtle, generous exoticism of guava and fig. The palate is tightly defined, gripping rails of tense lemon juice and lime zest acidity, powering forth with outstanding concentration and seamless line.
2012-2014 or 2017-2024
Wine Taste Edition 99
95
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Bright, light straw-green; full to the brim on the bouquet and palate with fragrant lime and grapefruit aromas and flavours; the palate has very good length and persistence, the aftertaste fresh and clean.
To 2027
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
95
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
A stylish, more restrained and traditional riesling with assertive acidity and an underlying chalkiness whose bright, crystalline floral perfume of fresh white flowers, lemon and lime reveals musky, apple-like nuances. Long and elegant, with a brightly lit line of fruit playing down the palate towards the focused, rather bracing acidity, it finishes with tightness and balance.
2024-2032
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
93
Louise Radman (2009 Vintage) says
Lovely aromatics of white florals & kaffir lime leaf. Tight, chalky & mouthwatering with very focused acid & pure lime juice fruit of great intensity. One of our all time favourite boutique Clare Valley producers situated in the magical cool microclimate of the Skilly Hills.
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Green-straw; citrus blossom aromas lead into a lively, fresh palate with lime/lemon juice flavours, backed by good acidity. Medium-term development.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A complex bouquet with citrus and a touch of tropical fruit; the palate is at once flavoursome yet light on its feet; good balance, fine and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A substantial and powerful wine, with pineapple and citrus fruit; a flavour dip on the back-palate, but comes again on the aftertaste.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
91
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Ripe tropical/pineapple/citrus mix; a long and very even carry in the mouth; ready to roll.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the firm bouquet has mainstream Clare Valley mineral, herb and toast aromatics, the palate opening up somewhat with lime and a touch of apple; overall, quite generous, with good flow and mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
92

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