Tasting Note

2012 ‘High + Dry’ Porongurup Riesling


100% Porongurup Riesling


Porongurup, Great Southern, WA

Hand picked, free run juice only, neutral yeast, no acid added.

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. The Porongurup Range is one of the sub-regions of the Great Southern region in WA and home to many mature dry grown Riesling vineyards. Typically the Riesling is later ripening and a little finer with higher acidity from the Porongurups; there is a rain shadow on the north facing slopes that allows for the later ripening on these more elevated sites (High and Dry).

Two individual blocks were handpicked separately and whole bunch pressed to a meagre 420 l/T. This resulted in lightly cloudy free juices with very little phenolics. A neutral yeast was selected to ferment clean and the wine was left on lees for 6 weeks before racking

The 2012 High and Dry Riesling is a little shy, a bit like the winemaker. However persistent nasal interrogation lifts bursts of lime skin and wet granite (not that I’m a dedicated rock sniffer). A very pure Riesling palate: intense lime juice, mineral and a hint of flowers are matched with a tight linear acidity and a focused long finish. A succulent finish to match with briny seafood or watch mature into the magnificent butterfly great Rieslings can be.

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