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2016 Skillogalee Riesling

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Cracka Rating

RRP $26.99 per bottle

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$263.88 (12 x 750ml)

cracka review

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.

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
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Stylish and savoury, this rather individual young riesling has an estery, bathpowder-like fragrance of pear and apple. Round and juicy but presenting a long, even palate of vibrant, crunchy fruit, it's clean and refreshing, finishing with a tangy, savoury finish of crisp lemony acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
90
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
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
An ageing and rather candied riesling which despite some attractive floral and lemon sherbet-like character, is unable to deliver a complete length of its initially juicy, forward flavour as it thins out towards the finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
86
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Tropical lime and citrus aromas; generously flavoured, with lots of similar tropical/citrus nuances; as often, marches to the tune of its own drum.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A juicy and confectionary riesling whose candied fragrance of white peach and lemon meringue precedes a juicy, forward palate of tinned peach flavour. Moderately long, it's broad and generous, finishing with soft, lemon sherbet-like acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
87
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
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Well made, very clean and honest, this floral, dry and juicy young riesling has a very open and musky perfume of dried flowers, spices and lime juice. Smooth and evenly flavoured, its vibrant palate of tangy lemon and lime flavour finishes with length and persistence.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Glowing yellow-green; aromatic, rich, soft tropical, pineapple and lime; ready now.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Slightly candied, but a good and honest riesling whose forward and lightly spicy aromas of lemon tart and baby powder have a confectionary edge. Moderately long and chalky its very slightly sweet palate delivers lively lemon/lime fruit and a lingering finish of soft acids
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
88
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Earlier-drinking riesling whose punchy talc-like aromas of estery tropical and lime juice precede a generous, round and toasty palate with a lemon sherbet finish of soft acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
87
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Clean, ripe citrus aromas; an intense and powerful palate with similar ripe citrus on the mid to back palate; considerable structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light yellow-green; intense lime, lime blossom and touches of mineral highlight the bouquet; the palate is much richer and more powerful than usual, with abundant fruit, yet more evidence of the outstanding Clare vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
91
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
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; a powerful bouquet ranging through mineral, herb and lime introduces a big-framed wine with lots of citrus/lime fruit, closing with a touch of grip. Winner of a gold and two silver medals at 1999 wine shows.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
88
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the bouquet is rich, with solid lime fruit supported by a mineral/herb substrate. The palate is powerful, with that extra intensity, structure and grip virtually unique to Clare Riesling; citrus/lime flavours.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
86

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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