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2016 Wirra Wirra The Lost Watch Adelaide Hills Riesling

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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?

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%

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

expert reviews about

2016 Wirra Wirra The Lost Watch Adelaide Hills Riesling

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
92
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
92
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+
92
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.
2020
94
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
94
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
90
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
94
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
95
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
91
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
90
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
94
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
94
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
93
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
93

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