Tasting Note

2013 ‘Teardrop’ Mt Barker Riesling

Varieties

100% Mt Barker Riesling

Region

Mt Barker, Great Southern

Hand picked and whole cluster pressed; free run juice only; neutral and natural 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 the free run component up to 300-400L/T with the delicate citrus and floral aromatics is pressed to tank and clarified. The next 100L/T is pressed direct to large old oak and allowed to ferment naturally with full solids. This gives richness and texture to the Teardrop Riesling without compromising delicacy. The balance is pressings which are sold to other producers….

The 2013 Teardrop is the best one yet. A season that started warm and finished cool has delivered powerful Riesling flavours: concentrated yet delicate, long and superb acid texture. The 2013 has a very expressive nose (in a good way, not a snotty way): lifted limes, white flowers and the scent of new rain…however the palate is seductive, with mouthfilling fresh pithy grapefruit and limes that builds through the finish and balances a crisp, dry persistant finish. Serve chilled and immediately!

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