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Forest Hill Vineyard Block 1 Riesling

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This racy rizza from a single block in Mount barker is a high-wire act that is yet to reach its full potential. Dry in style, it's a tightly-coiled number that shows heightened floral and citrus smells on the nose, along with hints of beeswax and flint. The palate is light, dry and minerally, with zippy lemon and ginger flavours, a talcy texture, frisky acidity, and a long, lingering honeysuckle finish. this will last at least 10 years!

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Brilliant pale straw.

Nose: Complex aromas of citrus blossom, jasmine lifted by sweet floral notes.

Palate: Long tight and fleshy mouthfeel with fine chalky structure and long natural acidity back bone.

Citrus blossom, waxy candles and floral notes carry through on the the palate. With long integrated natural acid with crisp mineral finish which will see it age well over the next 10-15 years.

Food: Fresh Shucked Oysters, Soya, Mirin Lemongrass Dressing.

The simplicity of this pairing respects the complexity of the wine. The tight and fleshy texture of the oyster contrasts with the fleshiness of the Riesling to heighten and lengthen the flavours on the palate. The dressing highlights the Rieslings unique structure and balanced acidity, the nose providing intriguing hints of citrus.

Alcohol: 11.7%

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Forest Hill Vineyard Block 1 Riesling

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
The fragrant and flowery, talc and blossom-filled bouquet leads into a leisurely uncoiling palate of lime and lemon, with quite beautiful flavour, mouthfeel and balance. From the oldest riesling vines in WA.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Vibrant pale hue; this is extraordinarily tightly wound on the bouquet, with lashings of minerals, lemon and a dash of spice; the palate reveals the complete picture, with zesty acidity, a tight core of pure citrus fruit and a very long finish; unresolved and needing time to relax and to offer the complete story of the wine within.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
A fine, elegant cellar style of pleasing length and balance. Pungent and quite toasty with oily undertones, it reveals a pristine underswell of lime juice and fresh apple aromas lifted by a perfume of white flowers. Long and unctuous, with a spotless presence of youthful, tangy lemony fruit, it finishes with taut green apple-like acids and a hint of spiciness.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Quartz-white; from the oldest plantings of riesling in WA; the flowery bouquet is followed by an intense lime and grapefruit palate, with great drive and length. Totally different to the standard riesling, and will develop superbly.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Takes the standard and very good riesling up a notch with these old vines delivering exquisite fruit of intensity and stunning complexity. Mouth feel is superb with a spicy light citrus and minerally combination. Very long finish with precision and finesse. Finishes clean as a whistle.
WA Wine Guide 2013 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Complex aromas reflecting wild fermentation of separate parcels from the oldest vines, dry-grown and hand-picked; an intense, long and powerful display of lime, apple, spice and mineral underwritten by natural acidity into future decades.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Extremely pale; at once intense yet reticent to unfold; superfine and delicate, yet long; tracks the bouquet; a 20-year proposition, 5-year minimum
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Oh yes, I’m likin’ this Riesling. What a ripper. The spicy mineral aromas are classic Great Southern. Penetrating and bracingly fine crisp palate with an amazing depth and penetration that carries to a very long finish.
2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Pale and bright, with flowery aromas; an elegant, precisely focused mix of lime, lime zest, spice and mineral; great length and perfect acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A distinctive and defined riesling from down at Mount Barker, showing restrained lime and mineral accents, finely fragrant spice and flint. Intense palate, uncompromising steely resolve and linear shape, super-fine lime flavours, clean and elegant. Made to age with grace.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A spotlessly clean, floral bouquet;wonderfully fine and intense; a delicate rainbow of citrus, apple and passionfruit flavours, with lingering acidity. From dry-grown vines planted in 1965.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; extremely intense, yet fine and elegant; lime juice through the palate finishing with lingering acidity; 40-year-old vines.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006

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