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Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling

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The Steingarten riesling has been a Aussie classic for decades. It's a benchmark others aspire to, and it will cellar for donkeys years! Aromas of lemons, limes, honeysuckle florals and green apples wind their way out of the glass, meanwhile the palate is light, tight, taut and terrific, with zesty lime flavours, mouth-watering acidity, and a crisp, dry, sauntering finish. This is top shelf stuff!

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Pale green straw. 

Nose: Delicate white floral aromas of gardenia, lemon citrus blossom and 
jasmine spice are highlighted in this classic cool climate Riesling. 

Palate: A finely balanced palate, showing an attractive juicy lemon and lime 
flavour intensity. This is supported by a very elegant and taut mineral 
acidity providing a long and linear spine, which enhances the potential of 
the wine to age gracefully over time. 

Cellaring: A superb Australian Riesling which will richly reward with careful cellaring 
for up to 20 years. 

Food: Oysters with mirin dressing or seared scallops with Mediterranean vegetables tossed in lemon dressing. The slight sweetness of the mirin or the scallops is the key to this match. 


expert reviews about

Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
Steingarten returns to its grandeur and long-lived endurance of old. Aromas of precise lime juice, lime blossom and granny smith apple introduce a palate carrying delightfully pure and crunchy lime and apple fruit of impressive generosity. Layers of underlying, slatey mineral texture draw out a finish of outstanding persistence.
Wine Taste Special Edition 87 2012
94
Rob Geddes MW (2012 Vintage) says
This is a best of vintage wine rather than a single vineyard, and what a gem it is in 2012. Very entrancing aromas with apple, florals, rose riesling correctness. The palate has excellent structure, apple, lime flavours and great acid balance with length, focus, intensity and epic length of flavour on the palate.
Rob Geddes MW
96
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; it has a scented array of lime blossom, pith and rind, with a haunting nuance of jasmine. The palate has great tension built around its mineral backbone, giving it wonderful line, length and balance. The Í12 vintage is an outstanding one for Eden and Clare Valley Riesling, and this wine does the vintage proud.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
95
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
A great wine and perhaps the finest Steingarten ever made, marrying the finesse of the 2011 wine with the outstanding minerality of the 2005. Deeply floral and perfumed, it's steeped in scents of white flowers, fresh lavender, mari and pristine, crystalline, citrusy fruit. Delivering a near-perfect length of flavour, it's deeply layered and profoundly textured, marrying genuine richness of juicy fruit with elegance and a briny quality tightly wound around a brittle acidity. It finishes with exceptional balance.
2022-2032
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
97
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
This stalwart of the Eden Valley is looking impressive in 2011, with sweet fl oral perfume, musky and alluring, ahead of peach, lime and savoury, stony notes. The palate has terrifi c drive and length, really focused and powerful lime citrus fruits here, great depth and a dry, thrilling fi nish.
Good Wine Guide 2013
96
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
A deeply layered and mineral perfume of white flowers, lime and lemon zest with undertones of spice precedes an assertive and structured palate of balance and focus. Underpinned by profound slatey, mineral qualities, its piercingly intense flavours of lime and lemony fruit drive long and bright down the palate, finishing with a taut acidity and a lingering briny aspect. Definitive Eden Valley riesling.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
96
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bottle no. 17903. Early picking and fermentation until dry has made for a delicate style with a crisp, lingering finish; apple, lime and lemon are all present.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
95
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Named in honour of the 1962 planting orchestrated by Colin Gramp, this is a totally seductive wine, with lime and tropical fruit woven through background acidity from the tip of the tongue through to the finish; exceptional line and length, still very fresh. Gold medal Sydney Wine Show '10.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
96
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
Steingarten is an institution and my cellar is loaded with two decades of it because it ages like your favourite antique and it’s dirt cheap. Another megavintage, nervy, spiney, scintillating and desperately long, long, long.
96
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Fragrant and mineral, with lightly toasty hints lemon rind, lavender and wet slate. Its balanced, tightly focused palate reveals bright, slightly crystalline lime juice and sherbet-like fruit with a long, powdery undercarriage and a lingering finish of tangy mineral acids and lemon meringue.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Delicacy personified; lively apple and lime juice flavours; lovely line and balance. Gold medals National Wine Show '05, Sydney '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Heady and floral, its schisty and slightly smoky fragrance of fresh lime juice, pear and apple is backed by a hint of lemon rind and a bath powder-like minerality. Initially round, luscious and very concentrated, it's a juicy, sumptuous mouthful of citrus and white peach-like riesling, with a long, sculpted finish framed by tight, lemony acids. Very focused and perfectly ripened, it's another classic release under this label.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
96
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
What a follow-on from the superlative 2002 vintage! Its penetrative, floral and smoky aromas of pure lime, lemon and apple overlie a slightly funky and minerally background of chalky, earthy complexity. Fine, taut and shapely its wonderfully open expression of pristine riesling flavours are tightly punctuated by sherbet-like acids and underpinned by fine, chalky phenolics. Superbly long and structured, It's an essay in balance and concentration. World class.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
98
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Simply a class act, this deeply expressive riesling marries exemplary Eden Valley lime juice/lemon flavours and finely powdered texture with pleasingly funky, leesy complexity and character. Its wet mineral fragrance is both floral and earthy, with suggestions of honeycomb and jasmine. Long, savoury and bony, its deeply layered palate of minerals and citrus culminates in a fractionally sweet but tightly sculpted and slatey finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
97
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Classic Australian riesling at a ridiculous price for a wine of this stature. A penetrative and pristine floral perfume of lime, lemon and talcum powder heralds a long, fine palate whose perfect delivery of fresh lemon, lime, green apple and peach-like fruit is interwoven with fine chalky phenolics. Punctuated by refreshing acidity, it's a timely reminder that Eden Valley riesling is as fine as anyone else's.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
96

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