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Stringy Brae Riesling

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We reckon that bottle aged Clare Riesling is a most unappreciated beast, with it's toasty yet super crisp style food friendly and plain delicious. This humble little Riesling, from the Watervale sub-region, is a perfect example of the gently generous, yet suitably intense style, that makes such wines awesome.

Winemaker's Notes

The traditional hot summer days and cool autumn evenings of the Clare Valley has developed a wine with a lifted bouquet dominated by lemons and orange blossom with natural acidity and delicate citrus flavours.

At Stringy Brae we’ve come to understand our Riesling vines and with careful management we allow the block to produce what nature and the terroir intended. The result... award winning wines.

The natural production of the 2006 vintage was 4.5 tonne per acre mechanically picked in the cool of the night ensuring optimal grape condition.

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Stringy Brae Riesling

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright colour; still very firm and tight, needing time to open up and display the fruit presendy locked up in a minerally finish.
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Australian Wine Companion 2011
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Speaks of its region and variety from the first whiff of citrus through to the aftertaste of the palate; tight as can be, with a firm mineral framework to build on.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Rather closed, with a toasty and honeyed bouquet but a generous, dry palate whose intense lime juice and lemon fruit overlies a pleasing mineral austerity, culminating in a tight, steely and well-defined finish of length and austerity.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Potent minerally, spicy, earthy aromas; rich, mouthfilling ripe fruit; lacks finesse.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
89
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Restrained and waiting to emerge, this long, dry and seamless riesling has a slightly reductive and candied bouquet that soon clears away, leaving a lime juice and lemon detergent fragrance. Vibrant and juicy, its crunchy apple like palate has a smoothness and richness, but finishes with a lingering, clean and citrusy finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Intense flowery/floral citrus blossom aromas; flavoursome lemon/lime fruit; long, focused and well structured.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
95
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Slightly candied and forward riesling with a limey, lemon and floral aroma and a generous, juicy and up-front palate. Clean and fresh, it lacks genuine length and shape, finishing with slightly metallic acids and a note of lemon rind.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
87
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Dusty mineral and leesy nuances lie beneath a floral perfume of lemon rind and honeysuckle. The palate begins round and juicy, with a creamy texture, but then becomes more austere and mineral. Finishes just slightly cloying, but is a fair attempt at a more complex and winemaker-influenced style.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Clean, tight slate and mineral aromas; reserved, faintly spritzy palate; time needed.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; a spotlessly clean, bright and fresh bouquet offers lemon, spice and slate aromas, then the palate is classic Clare Valley style, tight, long and bone dry, with great structure and length. Unusually for the Clare Valley, picked at only 10.5° baume, and also dressed in a smart new package.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
94
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Bright but strong green-yellow; the bouquet is very rich, with an attractive mix of lime and more tropical fruit. The palate likewise is crammed full of fruit flavour, making it a very attractive, early-drinking style at an equally attractive price.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
92
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Glowing yellow-green; a rich, clean and concentrated bouquet with intense lime aromas; the palate is equally concentrated with a mix of full-flavoured lime and toast fruit, showing the remarkable 13° alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 1998 1997
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