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2016 Wirra Wirra The Lost Watch Adelaide Hills Riesling

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RRP $24.99 per bottle

Our Price $21.99

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$131.94 (6 x 750ml)

cracka review

Crystal clear and ultra fresh, this is a ripping Riesling, from a winery who makes better whites every year. It does beg the question though - why aren't there more Adelaide Hills Rieslings?

expert reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2016 Vintage) says
Citrus and bath salts. Dry. Flavour up front but it then hones down through the back palate. Crisp red apples. Very good.
2016 - 2022
Huon Hooke (2016 Vintage) says
Palish colour. The aromas are very young and new, un-evolved and nascent, with hints of almond and malt. The palate is bright and clean, tangy and lip-smacking crisp, with fresh but balanced acidity and substantial charm. The finish lingers long.
2017 - 2026
Campbell Mattinson (2015 Vintage) says
Slashing style. Powered by apple and citrus but then laced with slate/talc. High in acid, or so seems it, and accordingly will need time to show its best form. Plenty of length and excellent form as it shoots through the mouth.
2016 - 2025+
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Pale quartz-green; has that extra touch of finesse that the Adelaide Hills confers on its rieslings, even if the flavour is not as marked as that of the Clare/Eden Valley, delicacy and balance the order of the day, plus the benison of the vintage.
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Bright, pure and elemental, this tangy and refreshing young riesling has a delightfully open perfume of pear, apple and white flowers and an elegant, juicy palate whose crystalline flavours extend towards a clean, refreshing and focused finish of lemony acids.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
The winemaking team at Wirra Wirra are polished practitioners, seemingly effortlessly producing polished wines such as this; the varietal fruit, line, length and - above all _ balance all coalesce on the lime and honey back-palate, the acidity of the vintage not the least aggressive. Will develop beautifully in bottle.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Likely to age well, this delicate, leaner riesling has a subtle fragrance of pear blossom, lime and apple plus an elegant and focused palate whose restrained citrus/apple fruit extends long towards a focused finish of bright, tangy acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright pale quartz-green; takes its time in revealing itself, but when it does so, does it in spades on the back-palate and riveting aftertaste of intense lime and lemon juice.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
While it lacks a little intensity and focus in its youth, it should flesh out over the short term. Estery, juicy and rather candied, spicy aromas of melon, peach and apple reveal some yeasty aspects. Relatively simple, it's a little thin in mid palate, but finishes with a tangy note of fresh green apple.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Classic floral riesling aromas fresh apple some spiciness and lemon citrus ripe flavours of the Adelaide Hills to finish.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
In 1947 Wirra Wirra founder GregTrott lost the only watch he ever had (a gift from his father) and never bothered to replace it, time being unimportant. Here, a fragrant bouquet leads into an intense palate, with lime juice, apple and mineral singing in unison, reaching a crescendo on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Classic floral riesling aromas, fresh apple, some spiciness and lemon citrus, ripe flavours of the Adelaide Hills to finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
An austere and finely textured riesling built for the cellar. Its delicate floral perfume of white peach, pear and lime juice has a light spiciness and almost a German accent. Long and racy, its lean palate delivers piercingly fresh fruit underpinned by a slatey texture and finished with refreshing acids and refinement.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Classic floral riesling aromas, fresh apple, some spiciness and lemon citrus, ripe flavours of the Adelaide Hills to finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Pale colour; lemon, lime and mineral define the bouquet; quite lean and focused on the palate, but with real persistence from start to finish
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A fresh and vivacious bouquet leads into fine passionfruit and citrus flavours on the palate; elegant but intense.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Ultra-clean, clear and crisp aromas and flavour; mineral and grapefruit/lime flavours on the palate; fresh finish, and good length. Adelaide Hills.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Long and limey, this fresh and brightly fruited young nesting has a floral aroma of pear and apple. Its tangy palate of intense flavour finishes crisp and clean, with persistent citrusy fruit and acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Fine, floral fragrance; delicate apple, lime and a touch of passionfruit; expands on the finish and aftertaste. From two Adelaide Hills Vineyards.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Flavoursome, juicy and elegant, this polished expression of Adelaide Hills riesling has a musky perfume of pear and lime before a slightly oily, viscous palate whose vibrant pear, apple, lemon and lime flavours culminate in a tangy finish of crystalline acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Classic mineral and lime aromas and palate; more structure and length than many '04s. Adelaide Hills/Fleurieu/Clare Valley.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
An honest, fragrant and citrusy riesling whose blossom-like perfume of lemon and lime, apple and pear reveal some musky undertones, Its moderately long, powdery and chalky palate is slightly candied, just lacking a little of riesling's distinctive shape and finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Early-drinking riesling with a lightly herbaceous and tropical aroma of guava-like fruit before a juicy, rather full palate whose assertive, citrusy flavours finish with lively acids. A pleasant early-drinker.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; not particularly aromatic, but clean, and with some ripe citrus aromas; the palate is soft and ripe, with citrus/tropical fruit in a drink-now style. Stelvin-capped.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light yellow-green; the bouquet is quite complex, with a mix of citrus and savoury herbal notes. The palate is more delicate, but very fresh, and will richly repay cellaring
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; the bouquet is quite fragrant, with passionfruit and citrus aromas, the palate similarly showing more life, flavour and delicacy than most McLaren Vale Rieslings; the floral blossom notes are quite reminiscent of Coonawarra Riesling.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

winemaker's notes

In 1947, Greg Trott, founder of Wirra Wirra, lost the only watch he ever owned - a gift from his father. From that day forth, Trott never bothered with a time-piece, avoiding the responsibility for such a valuable item. He claimed to tell the time by the sun - a noble, if impractical sentiment. So Trott was notoriously late - hours, even days - for dinners, meetings, flights and gatherings. Usually his charm garnered forgiveness from those kept in wait.

Grape Variety: Riesling (100%).

Colour: Delicate pale straw with gold and green hints.

Bouquet: The brightly aromatic bouquet is led by citrus notes of lime cordial and lemon peel along with the green apple and floral notes that are signature of the Adelaide Hills.

Palate: Pithy lemon and lime dominate the palate, shaped and defined by a delicate Granny Smith apple-like acidity. The wine has a delicacy of style, with satisfying length and focus.

Drink: Drink in the first 18 months or cellar and enjoy over the next 5 to 10 + years.

Food Match: Ceviche of kingfish and salmon with lime juice and coriander.

Vinification: Fruit is selectively hand picked from each vineyard and crushed, de-stemmed and chilled to a membrane press. Free run and pressings juices are separated and the free run component only is used for the Lost Watch Riesling. The juice is clarified prior to a cool tank ferment before being blended, stabilised and filtered for bottling.

Alc/vol: 12.5%

Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2016 - Trophy (Best Riesling Of The Show)
2016 Canberra International Riesling Challenge 2016 - Silver medal

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