Tasting Note

2011 ‘Teardrop’ Mt Barker Riesling

Varieties

100% Mt Barker Riesling

Region

Mt Barker, Great Southern, WA

Free run clarified juice only, neutral yeast.

Riesling is purity and heartbreak in a glass. There is no truer expression of soil, aspect and climate but at the same time this late ripening prima donna is not forgiving of lesser sites or management. Mount Barker is one of the sub-regions of the Great Southern region in WA and home to many mature dry grown Riesling vineyards. We have sourced the Teardrop Riesling from a vineyard with 25 year old Riesling vines.

The pristine fruit is pressed immediately and only the free run component with the delicate citrus and floral aromatics is kept. Juice yields are typically only ½ to 2/3rds of any other variety (heartbreak for the accountant…) but the quality is fine, racy and delicate (purity for the winemaker…) without any bitter phenolics extracted from the skins.

The 2011 Teardrop is the reward for such fiscal promiscuity; lifted aromas of lime juice, lemon blossom and the seabreeze off the Southern Ocean. A powerful palate of delicate features; zesty limes, talc and a crystalline mineral texture focused by crisp acidity through a lingering limey finish.

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