Our style is dry, fresh, understated and savoury; ideal with delicately flavoured foods.
Riesling was the first variety we planted at Lenswood in 1982 with the first small crop in 1985. Our Riesling is on the austere end of the range of Riesling styles made in Australia and as such is the logical extension of the fine, subtle long lasting wines from Eden Valley which have such an established place among the great wines of this variety.
To me the essence of our Riesling is gentle, fine floral aromatics with the palate showing great finesse and delicacy. There is a mineral element about these wines and a wonderful capacity to fill out and grow in complexity with age, free from the heavy, overt, toasty aged characters that dominate many aged Australian Rieslings.
The 2012/13 growing season was excellent. Budburst occurred a little earlier than average on 29th September, a warm flowering late November and harvest on the 15th of March. As with 2012 the harvest was almost a full month ahead of our average Riesling picking date of 9th April. Crop level was about average at 2.9 kg/vine ripening conditions being mild and dry.
Temperatures early in the growing season were warmer than average and summer was close to average. There was only one period of high temperatures early in January which was well before veraison thus having little flavour impact. Heat degree days for the season were 1248 which is a little below our average of 1266.
The growing season was extraordinarily dry. Our average rainfall Oct-March inclusive is 230 mm but in the 12/13 season we had just 91 mm. We run our vineyard without irrigation and some vines showed the effects of the lack of rain. Any exposed fruit or less than healthy vines we avoid picking which is one of the great benefits of hand harvesting. I am happy to sacrifice some fruit in dry years for the positive effects of no artificial irrigation on the vine and the flavours produced in the grapes.
Tightly structured yet aromaticlly lifted wine but with a supple mid-palate and a fine, crisp finish. Delicate, understated and long flavour.
AromaLifted aroma of citrus and lime blossom. Fresh and lively.
ColourPale straw with a light green tinge.
PalateFruity with a juicy zest on the palate and a fine mineral edge.
RegionLenswood, Adelaide Hills South Australia
Crush, destem, gently air bag press. Clear settle juice and cold ferment with cultured yeast to dryness. Our approach is to protect the juice and wine from oxygen to help retain the fresh aromatics of the fruit. We handle gently and exclude pressings juice to avoid harsh extractive flavours which produce coarseness on the palate.
Will slowly develop the honey character of classically aged Riesling with time. but will not become heavy or “kerosene” like. Given out previous history with Riesling I have complete confidence in postive flavour evolution through ageing.
Ideal with subtly flavoured seafood but can be enjoyed with a wide range of foods or on its own
Cool to cold. Best between 5 and 10°C
- James Halliday
Published on 15 Jan 2014
Pale straw-green, this is a first-class Riesling with a highly fragrant, blossom-filled bouquet and chock-full of sweet lime juice fruit on the mid-palate before minerally acidity drives through on the long, lingering dry finish.
Rating: 96 points
Drink By: 2028