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2016 Tim Gramp Clare Valley Watervale Riesling

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Nestled in the tiny hamlet of Leasingham, the Tim Gramp operation has always been something of a quiet one, producing very classic Clare Valley styles with minimum of fuss. This Riesling is a classic example too, aromatically arousing and full of fruit purity. It smells of lemon and lime with seductive florals.

Winemaker's Notes

The fruit for this wine was sourced from the famous Watervale region off the Castine Golf House single site vineyard. A classic dry style of Riesling with sensuous lime, lemon and floral aromas. The provocative citrus flavours on the palate balance nicely with the embracing acidity, finishing with good length of flavour. Time in the cellar of 7-10 years will reward the consumer with a wine of enticing complexity.

Alc/vol: 11.5%

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2016 Tim Gramp Clare Valley Watervale Riesling

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; has striking minerally, slatey structure already evident, in turn allied with lemon rind, lime pith and apple skin flavours. Outside the norm for Õ12, but full of potential.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says

The limestone subsoils of Watervale’s finest sites leave their unmistakable, chalky, mineral fingerprint on their fruits, and this is the cheapest wine to bear this distinguished halllmark. An outstanding vintage for Tim Gramp, producing one of his most pure, scintillating, structured and long-lived rieslings yet. It lingers with outstanding persistence of pure kaffir lime and lime zest flavour. 

2012 - 2013 or 2016 - 2021
Wine Taste Weekly
93
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
The citrus and apple blossom aromas are reflected in the intensely juicy palate, the extra cut of acidity courtesy of the cool vintage.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Fragrant bath talc and fresh-squeezed lime bouquet; the palate is defined by racy acidity and bracing lime juice character, with the finish softening noticeably.
2016
Australian Wine Companion 2012
91
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Nice, sweet lime citrus here, and some really impressive precision and purity. The palate is elegant and approachable, smoothly textured and sizzling with flavour and chirpy acid crunch. Innate sense of balance and doesn't drift from the line.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Green-quartz; a powerful riesling, with citrus and apple aromas and flavours to a rock-solid palate; good short-term development.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
It's a joy to see bargain riesling in such fine form eighteen months on. Developing slowly and beautifully, this is a pure and focused riesling. It retains the zesty lime and lemon fruit of youth and is just beginning to build the faintest nuances of complexity and richness.
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A tight, linear and very dry style; floral aromas mixed with freshly squeezed lime juice and a hint of mineral in the background; dry and focused.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Solid, ripe fruit flavour and structure; some tropical canned pineapple notes; early developing typical of the vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Both the bouquet and palate are flush with ripe citrus, passionfruit and apple flavours, but avoid heaviness; excellent length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Lime and lemon zest aromas; an intense and very long palate with good mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Herb, nettle and slate aromas; solidly structured; powerful, minerally palate; good acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Clean, firm mineral and citrus aromas; plenty of depth and power, though stops a little short.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; full lime, plus a dash of pineapple/tropical aromas, immediately tell you which side of the divide (of 2002) it will fall; the palate opens with similar flavours but has a faint touch of bitterness on the finish. In all probability, that trace would not be apparent when the wine is being drunk with appropriate food.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
87
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the bouquet is moderately intense and clean, with lime backed by touches of mineral and toast. The palate is elegant and clean, with the long finish augmented by crisp acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
90

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