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Pauletts Polish Hill River Riesling

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Polish Hill River is seen as an important sub-region of the Clare Valley, but enough of the nerdy wine speak! This is a dry style of riesling that is full of limes and lemons, with a hint of jasmine florals and quartz. The palate is light and super-zesty, with bright lime juice flavours, a talcy texture, and a long, lingering finish that makes the mouth water. This would be great with some soft-shell crab!

Winemaker's Notes

The vineyards are at altitudes of 480-510 metres above sea level with an easterly aspect. Soils tend from shallow red & grey loams over a slatey /blue stone sub strata and occasionally well-structured red clay. Drainage is good to moderate. We have five separate vineyards with ripening and harvest generally occurring mid March through to mid April.

The first run of juice is cold settled and quite clear juice is fermented at an even rate over a 15-20 day period to ensure flavour retention.

The wine generally shows quite citrus and lime flavours with a wonderful spine of mineral like acid adding great balance, length and finish. Typically the wines have a wonderful potential to age, normally well over ten years and in doing so show lovely secondary aged characters of toast and honey.

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Pauletts Polish Hill River Riesling

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Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
One day, early in the next decade, we will look back on the 2011 vintage and marvel at just how magnificently the Clare Valley managed to pull it off, and it’s rieslings like this that will likely prompt the conversation. This is the finest, most precise and longest-lived Paulett’s entry-level riesling in years.
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Vibrant colour and personality, pure lime juice, slate and talc bouquet; searingly high levels of acidity will make this wine a challenge early on, but the pleasure will be in the future, as the fruit unwinds and reveals its inner beauty.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Pale green-straw; the fragrant bouquet has waves of citrus, the lime juice palate lifting the bar further, with its intensity and length, amplifying all the promise of the bouquet. The '06 Aged Release tells you why you should hop into this wine now.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Glistening green-yellow quickens the pulses; lime and a hint of toast on the bouquet leads into an intensely focused and vibrant palate, the lime juice flavours wrapped around a core of minerally acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Bright green-gold; perfect lime, toast and spice aromas do not show a scintilla of kerosene, the palate with the same pure equanimity, perfectly balanced as it enters a decade of perfection.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Glowing light yellow-green; clean lime and toast; drinking superbly; flavour with freshness; lime, mineral and toast; long, crisp finish. Rebottled with a Screwcap!
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005

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