2016 West Cape Howe Mount Barker Riesling
RRP $21.99 per bottle
Our Price $16.99
$203.88 (12 x 750ml)
From the 104ha Langton Vineyard planted in '78 that fell into West Cape Howe's lap in '09 - a long story, you the beneficiary. It already has a power of lively, zesty citrus fruit, so there should be no criticism about early consumption, but buy some and drink half would be my choice.Drink by 2026
Fragrant Riesling with lime and spice notes to the fore. It’s in a good drinking zone now though short to medium term it should age admirably. Fruit-forward in Riesling terms but no shortage of length.2016 - 2021
Fresh herb and subtle lime leaf aromas; very fresh and vibrant to sniff. It’s much the same in the mouth, with a clean, dry, savoury palate presence, lively acidity and a very dry balance. Firm-ish finish. It has aromatic lift and palate intensity, and should age well.2017 - 2027
Winemaking Information: The Riesling fruit was harvested from our Langton vineyard (Mt Barker) in the first few days of March. A close eye was kept on the vineyards leading up to picking as there had been some unseasonably cool and wet days, though picking the Riesling relatively early ensured the fruit was in excellent condition with perfect analysis. Only the free run juice was selected for this Riesling and carefully fermented at cool temperatures with a selected yeast to enhance the aromatics and retain the delicate citrus and floral fruit characters. Bottled as early as possible to retain maximum freshness.
Blend: 100% Riesling.
Colour: Very bright & clear with a hint of a light green tinge.
Aroma: A fragrant nose with subtle orange blossom characters and aromas of sweet lemon rind and hints of spicy lime.
Palate: Our ’16 Riesling is a very fine dry wine with the delicate, fresh fruit flavours typical of cool climate grown fruit while being quite well rounded with a beautiful palate weight. It has delicate flavours of lemon sherbet and sweet limes with very light floral notes. With its fresh ‘zingy’ acidity it has good length of flavour and a crisp, clean finish.
Cellaring: This Riesling is approachable now and would be great as an aperitif or matched with any very fresh seafood. It will also age beautifully and will develop some gorgeous bottle age complexity over the next 5 – 10 years.