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Helm Classic Dry Riesling

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Here we have another cracking riesling from the Canberra District riesling master - Ken Helm. Scents of lemons, limes, fresh herbs and pears rise from the glass, whilst the palate is taut and crisp, with juicy citrus flavours, razor-like acidity, and a crunchy, tight finish. It will benefit from a few more years in the cellar, but would be totally kicking with some oysters. 

Winemaker's Notes

Clean, crisp and elegant. A delicate apple blossom bouquet, delicious lemon, lime acidity and pear fruit flavours on the middle palate, and a long lingering finish. Like all of our Rieslings, this wine can be paired with numerous dishes. The tangy lemon and lime flavours especially complement creamy pasta and chicken dishes and all kinds of seafood.Built to last, the wine can be enjoyed now while it is young and crisp, or cellared for up to 10 years which will allow its mellow and toasty honeyed flavours to develop.

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Helm Classic Dry Riesling

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2013 Vintage) says
Long and brightly flavoured, this elegant and tightly focused riseling has a delicate bouquet of pear and apple lifted by subtle floral notes. Its pleasing length of sweet, juicy, lemony fruit finishes with crisp acidity and a pristine core of fruit. It just lacks the drive and complexity for a higher rating.
2018-2021+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
90
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Pure, concentrated and pristine riesling, whose piercingly intense bouquet of fresh lime juice, lemon and pear reveals yeasty nuances of tropical fruits and white flowers with undertones of minerals and green apple skin. It's dry and beautifully shaped, with a focused and tangy expression of penetrative lime juice/pear fruit underpinned by a fine, chalky and pithy texture before finishing with a sculpted, steely austerity.
2024-2032
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
95
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Pale quartz; an almost painfully intense palate, with unsweetened lime and lemon juice flavours resting on a bedrock of minerally acidity reflecting the low pH. Must be cellared for a minimum of 5 years.
To 2032
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
Helm's Classic Dry Riesling, from the cool Canberra District terroir, is looking good in 2011 with sweet herbal notes, plenty of lime and lemon citrus and hints of white stone fruits on the nose. The palate's crisp, dry and tangy, showing the same mix of tart lime citrus and juicy white nectarine flavours - great focus and drive.
2015
The Good Wine Guide
94
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Pale quartz; the bouquet is as yet restrained, albeit with some citrus and apple blossom, the palate another thing altogether, with an admirable racy/zesty edge carrying the wine through to its long finish and aftertaste. Will develop very well; my points are based on my certainty that this will happen.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Straw-green; fragrant lime and apple blossom aromas, then an intense, long and immaculately balanced palate; yet another success for Helm. Drink while its more expensive sibling matures in bottle.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Round, juicy and citrusy in its youth, with a spicy floral perfume over powerful crystalline and mineral notes of wet slate. Underpinned by a pulpy, pithy texture, it's rather broad and generous for this vineyard, with a lusciousness and depth of fresh, if faintly candied citrus and apple flavour tied around a taut, racy line of acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
90
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Fresh and floral in youth very concentrated citrus flavours yet very fine and tightly structured with a snap of acid to lengthen the finish.
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A clean and expressive bouquet leads into a palate with considerable depth and intensity given its moderately low alcohol, with apple, lime and lemon flavours; a long and penetrating finish. Gold medal Sydney Wine Show '10.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Beautifully fragrant, shaped and measured with a heady perfume of white flowers, minerals, musky spices, essence of pear, lime and apple backed by alluring mineral undertones. It's luscious and concentrated but simultaneously shapely, long and refreshing, finishing with remarkable persistence, tautness and acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Very pale straw; a crisp, dry and tightly focused style, with a mix of citrus and minerally acidity intertwined on the long palate. Two trophies: Canberra Regional Wine Show '08 and Best Riesling at Sydney Wine Show '09
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Citrus, herb and spice aromas; tightly focused, but has lovely lime juice flavours with perfectly balanced acidity; very good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
92
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Fresh and floral in youth very concentrated citrus flavours yet very fine and tightly structured with a snap of acid to lengthen the finish.
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Elegant and aromatic; clean; plenty of expression; lime and mineral; good finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
91
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; the floral bouquet has a mix of lime, spice, blossom and mineral. The palate has very good balance and mouthfeel thanks to sweet fruit on the mid-palate followed by a dry finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
92

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