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2020

Riesling

Region:

Adelaide Hills

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STORY

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In the 1970s, Australia's drinking culture changed forever. As contentious social and political issues, including public gendered segregation, lessened, a surprising beverage was caught in the national zeitgeist. A riesling of middling quality – known as a classic Australian "Moselle" – became the go-to drink for men and women alike, being enjoyed at the front bar in mixed company, another Australian first.

For the first time, wine overtook beer as Australia’s favourite alcoholic drink. As the first wine advertised on Australian television, it helped wine become a social status symbol that was accessible to everyone of any class, before fading away a decade or so later, thanks to more competition and yet another shift in trends.

Our Very Special Riesling is an ode to this unsuspecting wine that became a game-changer for the Australian wine industry. Without it humbly paving the way, both elevating and democratising wine as a drink for everyone, who knows what we would be drinking at the front bar today?

So while this isn’t the wine that changed Australia’s drinking culture forever, we raise our glass to the one that did. Nevertheless, this Adelaide Hills Riesling is still very, very special…

WINEMAKING

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Selectively machine picked from a biodynamic/organic vineyard, fermented wild for 4 months at 10 degrees in stainless steel, spontaneous MLF occurred and completed, fermentation was stopped at 12g/l Residual Sugar using chilling and a Sulfur addition. Matured in stainless steel for 3 months.

TASTING NOTES

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NOSE: Lime blossom, grapefruit pith, sweet baked apples.

PALATE: Crystalline mineral acidity that supports a round, rich palate weight. Citrus blossom giving way to Golden Delicious baked apple flavours with a hint of shortcrust pastry.

PAIR: Chicken or pork dishes, crayfish at Christmas.

CELLAR: Up to 15 years.