Tasting Note

2013 ‘High and Dry’ Porongurup Riesling

Varieties

100% Porongurup Riesling

Region

Porongurup, Great Southern

Hand picked and whole cluster pressed; free run juice only; neutral yeast; no acid or enzyme 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). We have sourced the High and Dry Riesling from a vineyard with 20 year old Riesling vines.

Two individual blocks were handpicked separately and whole bunch pressed to a meagre 420 l/T. This resulted in lightly cloudy free run juices with very little phenolics. A neutral yeast was selected to ferment clean and the wine was left on lees for 10 weeks before racking.

The 2013 High and Dry is an intense and focused wine showing Porongurup typicity: lime skin, wet stone and a hint of white flowers. The palate has line and length; the natural acid backbone is well integrated and long, supporting the even citrus and floral notes with a mineral, near briny, tang on the finish. Delicate yet powerful, a classic oyster wine in its youth that will be a great KG whiting match in a few years…

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