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Hewitson Gun Metal Riesling

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Gun Metal Riesling sounds tough, as if the wine is made from metallic shiny grapes. In reality its actually just clean, dry and pretty Riesling made from lovingly tended grapes that were lovingly picked and lovingly crushed and fermented. Lovely stuff!

Winemaker's Notes

These grapes were hand-harvested in late-February. The natural acidity and pH provided harmony and balance and no acid was been added at any stage of production. The ripeness of the berries was approaching perfection and the resultant wine is 11.6% alcohol. Citrus, especially lime, predominates the flavor profile, while carrying the trademark powder-dry minerality that Gun Metal is renowned for. This wine illustrates our belief that great wine is expression of single vineyard and vintage.

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Hewitson Gun Metal Riesling

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
True to its name, this riesling is built around a steely, high tensile backbone and chalky mineral structure. It’s a taut and pristine style of pretty lemon blossom perfume, granny smith apple and lime zest fruit, carrying with impressive persistence and tightly coiled focus.
2012-2013 or 2017-2022
Wine Taste Special Edition 87
93
Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
This Eden Valley Riesling has a fine talcum powder nose, really Fragrant, with some nicely captured lime and lemon citrus here to. The palate is supple and ripe _ really well formed and complete riesling flavour. Easy texture here too, good balance, ready now.
Now
Good Wine Guide
92
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; a classically restrained and precise Riesling, the lime, lemon and apple flavours built around a framework of crisp, steely acidity.
To 2027
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
The finest wine made under this label is long, bone dry and tangy with exemplary shape and focus. Its faintly mineral fragrance of lime juice and white flowers reveals chalky, schisty undertones, while its fine, textured palate has wonderful direction, line of fruit, style and austerity.
2024-2030+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
95
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Delicate floral aromatics with meaty, leesy undertones reveal a hint of citrus and an oyster shell-like briny, mineral note. It's lean and rather forward, presently lacking much length and depth, and thins out towards a savoury, slightly meaty finish bound by green-edged, asparagus-like acids.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
86
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; the gently flowery apple and citrus blossom bouquet leads into a palate that gains intensity and grip all the way through to the finish, giving great authority and style; the name echoes the outcrops of grey slate in the vineyard.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
88
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A skinsy, textured riesling with richness and depth. Underpinned by suggestion of bathpowder, its aromas of lime juice of citrus rind precede a broad, generous and chalky palate whose long, luscious presence of fruit culminates in a dry, austere and mineral finish.
The Australian Wine Annual, 2010 2010
90
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
So called in reference to the Eden Valley's flinty terroir, this has some nicely struck fine and flinty aromas, lemons and nashi pears - pretty fresh. The palate's righ on point, with sizzling lemon and lime citrus flavours. Really precise and lively!
The Good Wine Guide, 2011 2010
93
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Long, austere and pithy; rather individual and funky, bringing its mineral, meaty and leesy complexity to the forefront, but has the depth of lemon rind and lime juice-like fruit to handle it. Long and chalky, with a drying, powdery undercarriage, it's restrained, textured and mineral, with a taut, racy finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A positive statement of region and variety, but doesn't sing on the finish and aftertaste.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean and well made; ripe lime juice bouquet and palate, with splashes of spice and mineral; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
93
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Hewitson has made one of the leading '07 Eden rieslings: fine flinty/quartzy fragrance, lime, precise, lifted and fresh. The palate moves in the same savoury mineral zone; flinty lime flavour, taut, balanced and savoury.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
92
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A broad, rather candied and evolved riesling whose forward, dry expression of cooked apple and lemon like fruit lacks shape and substance, finishing rather flat, cheesy and briney.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
86

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