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Helm Premium Riesling

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Ken Helm has been championing Canberra district riesling long before it was fashionable, and this dry style 2012 is a little ripper! Scents of limes, green apples and musksticks decorate the nose, whilst the palate is taut, tight and terrific, with more limy and lemon flavours, a chalky mineral mouthfeel, and a brisk, bright juicy finish that will see this hang in for the long haul. It will kick of for years!

Winemaker's Notes

Nose: Fresh perfumed nose of green apples and citrus.

Palate: A delicate wine displaying the clean lime flavours, crisp acidity and steely minerality typically found in the Helm Premium style.

Food: A versatile wine that will complement a variety of cuisines particularly Asian cuisine and fresh seafood.

Cellaring: 25 years plus, although if you prefer fresh crisp wines drink it over the next 5 years.

"...it looks good already - pale but brillant, highly aromatic and intensely dry and acidic on the palate. Behind the acid, though, lies the tightly wound-up lemony varietal flavour, ready to unfurl in the years ahead - just as previous vintages have done consistently." 4&1/2 stars. Chris Shanahan, The Canberra Times Food & Wine, 24 July 2013.

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Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
A remarkable wine whose pure, essential expression of lime juice, guava, pear and apple is scented with musk, lavender and rose petals. It's long, piercing and perfectly focused, with a translucent depth of juicy fruit underpinned by a pithy texture, finishing with streamlined focus, austerity and minerality. Remarkably fresh and finely balanced, it's perhaps the best Helm release to date.
2024-2032+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
96
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Pale quartz; has far better balance than its sibling, Classic Dry, at this stage, and it's not hard to see why Ken Helm describes it as 'the vintage of my lifetime'; its ultra-cool conditions (including frost in Jan '11) have produced a lean and racy wine; pure lime juice fruit on the ultra-long palate and lingering aftertaste; will be exceptionally long-lived thanks to its low pH (and arresting acidity).
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
96
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; against expectations, the bouquet is not particularly fragrant, but the palate is another thing altogether, explosive in its intensity, length and aftertaste, citrussy acidity lingering long in the mouth. Multiple awards, including two trophies.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
96
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Taut, trim and European, perhaps Austrian-inspired, this delightfully fresh and pristine riesling has a delicate but very fragrant perfume of pear, apple and white peach lifted by scents of white flowers and apricot. It's taut and steely, with a tangy, juicy, but tightly shaped presence of arresting fruit, finishing with a sculpted focus and crisp acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
92
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Intensely flavoured steely crisp citric acids concentrated yet fine in first year. They barely change getting a doughy/ lime-like edge at four years. These wines have improved in recent times.
Rob Geddes MW
89
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Intensely flavoured, steely crisp acids, concentrated yet fine in first year. They barely change, getting a doughy/lime-like edge at four years. These wines have improved in recent times.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
This single-block Lustenberg vineyard riesling shows just how critical grape quality is for this variety. It is a wonderfully expressive wine, with floral spice aromas leading into an intensely flavoured palate, sustained and defined by perfectly framed minerally acidity. Gold medal Australian Cool Climate Wine Show '09.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
An honest, concentrated and spicy riesling, but rather too forward and candied for cellaring. It's scented with delicate floral notes of pear, apple and lime, with spicy, confectionery undertones, with a sculpted, chalky palate of pear and lemon drop flavour tightly wrapped in refreshing acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
89
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Intensely flavoured, steely crisp acids, concentrated yet fine in first year. They barely change, getting a doughy / lime-like edge at 4 years. These wines have improved in recent times.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright, light green-straw; has greater fruit weight and intensity than Classic Dry with a mix of citrussy aromas and flavours. Perversely, I prefer the Classic Dry. Two trophies: Cool Climate Wine Show '08; top gold in its class at Sydney Wine Show '09
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
More precision and focus than the Classic; lime and passionfruit; good line and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
91
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Long, lean and focused, with a delicate floral, mineral and lime juice aroma with schisty, chalky undertones. Its taut and austere palate of lively pear, apple and lime flavours finishes fresh and mineral, with a clean, racy acidity. It should flesh out well as it slowly ages.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Aromatic mineral, herb and lime, with no reduction; lively and fresh; excellent balance and length; 11.2 ° alcohol works brilliantly.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93

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