2018 Skilly Riesling
Region: Clare Valley
Varietal: Riesling 100%
Vineyard: A single vineyard wine from our Woodvale vineyard that lies beneath Mount Oakden in the Skilly Valley, this cool and easterly facing block reflects a very unique terroir within the Clare Valley.
Season Report: An excellent year in the Skilly, the region is cooler and later than most parts of the Clare Valley. Its elevated position and the unique effects of the gully breezes that are common during January and February push the harvest dates for this subregion well into late March and early April. The drier conditions experienced eliminating any risk of disease pressure leading up to the vintage.
Winemaking: Rieslings that are made from parcels of fruit from the Skilly are typically very delicate and lighter in texture, with lower alcohols, brilliant clarity, and higher acidities than warmer parts of the valley. The hand-picked fruit, completely free-run juice, and a cool and protracted ferment all play important roles in shaping this wine's uniqueness and individuality.
Tasting Notes: Tending to be lean and delicate in style being built on a tight core of natural acidity, the palate and aroma both feature green apples, pome fruits, and lemon zest in a long and linear expression of the variety.
Cellaring: A cellaring potential of at least twenty years
Food Pairing Suggestion: Seared scallops with chili and lime dressing.