The Watervale Riesling vines, were planted in the early 1970’s and is situated in the heart of the township of Watervale, in the Clare Valley. The soils are classic red loam over soft rock.
Clare Valley Watervale Riesling
The Riesling is quintessentially Watervale, lemon rind, fresh natural acidity and bath salts. Clean and fresh, bright and lively, with purity of fruit standing out. Natural acidity gives the wine persistence and length.
Enjoy while young and fresh or cellar for 5-8 years. The wine will change over time as the acidity develops into toasted, buttery aromas and flavours.
The 2022 ripening season in the Clare Valley was mild, with a cooler than average summer. The mild temperatures allowed for a long even ripening period, which helps retain the natural acidity found in Riesling grapes. The yields were of average size, with great balance across the bunches.
The resulting Rieslings have lovely perfume, natural acidity and extremely delicate fruit flavours.
The Riesling was harvested in the early hours of the morning in late February 2022. The fruit was crushed, destemmed and pressed into stainless steel, and the juice allowed to settle. After 7 days of cold settling, the juice was racked with minimal lees pickup, to keep phenolics low. Only free run juice was use, no pressings.
The fermentation was slow and steady with temperatures of 15C maintained throughout. The wine was fermented completely dry with no residual sugar and no added acid. The wine was then stabilised, filtered and bottled in August 2022.