Riesling, Chardonnay, 2015

Riesling is a white grape that is famous for its intense aromatics and crisp acidity. Riesling was the most planted white grape in Australia until the early 1990s when Chardonnay took over. Riesling flourishes in the Clare Valley, particularly Watervale, around the Polish Hill River, and in the cooler Eden Valley. Riesling is also being grown with increasing popularity in the Western Australia regions Albany, Frankland River and Porongorup. Australian Rieslings are noted for their citrus/lime fruit flavours in their youth and a smooth balance of freshness, lanolin and acid as they age. Australian botrytized Rieslings have immense levels of flavour concentration with beautiful acid and structure.

Riesling was first planted in New Zealand in the 1970s and has flourished in the relatively cool climates of the Marlborough, Central Otago area and for late harvests in the Nelson region.

Alsace is famous for producing outstanding Riesling from dry austere to Vendages Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles. They tend to be fuller, more savoury and viscous wines than those of other countries.

In Germany, Riesling constitutes around 20% of total plantings. The best examples are planted on south-facing slate-rich slopes. Germany produces many different styles from dry perfumed wines with racy, mineral acidity to exotically lush flavours of their great late harvest wines.
Chardonnay is planted in almost every region in the world and makes a wide variety of wine styles from light-bodied, crisp and unoaked through to full-bodied, complex barrel matured versions. Chardonnay is an adaptable variety and can be grown in cool regions as well as warm areas. It is a productive, early budding and early ripening variety.

Chardonnay first came to Australia in the 1920s but didn’t find popularity until the 1970s. Grown all across the country the cool climate versions (like found in the Yarra Valley and Tasmania) tend to be lighter in body with higher acidity and more subtle flavours. Warm climate versions (found in Margaret River, Hunter Valley and the Adelaide Hills) tend to be more full-bodied with richer, riper fruit and bolder flavours.
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  1. MAHANA RIESLING 2015
    The 2015 Mahana Riesling was harvested from the certified organic Burkes Bank vineyard. A powerful and rustic expression of Riesling. Aromas of stone fruits and citrus with ripe nectarine and peach skin. The nose follows onto the palate. Flavours of peach, ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  2. TYRRELL'S BELFORD CHARDONNAY 2015
    Belford is a district, and a number of wineries use the name - thus this is a single vineyard from within the district. Although the fermentation was initiated in stainless steel, it was completed in French barriques (20% new). The nose ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
  3. CHAPOUTIER ALSACE RIESLING 'LIEU-DIT BERG' 2015
    The grapes are harvested by hand into 20kg trays. Fine with notes of plum, fresh tangerine citrus, grapefruit, with menthol and celery. Slender and crisp on the palate. This wine has a weave of salty bitters underscored by a dash ... Learn More
  4. CHAPOUTIER ALSACE RIESLING 'LIEU-DIT BUEHL' 2015
    Grapes are pressed for about 8 hours. Then they are vinified in big traditional Alsatian casks and ferment with natural yeasts. The nose exhibits exotic fruit aromas such as pineapple and mango with mineral notes of blossoms. The palate is powerful ... Learn More
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  5. TYRRELL'S 'VAT 47' CHARDONNAY 2015
    Situated between two dry creek beds, the HVD (Hunter Valley Distillery) vineyard was planted in 1908 and is believed to be the oldest Chardonnay vineyard in the world. The nose shows delicate citrus and white stonefruit with a hint of oak ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
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    Lester Jesberg
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  6. LOUIS MICHEL CHABLIS 1ER CRU FORETS 2015
    The Michel family have been cultivating their passion for tradition and the Chablis terroir since 1850. This beautiful 1er Cru has lifted aromas of citrus, white flowers and flinty minerality. There is a succulence and persistence on the palate which exudes ... Learn More
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  7. LOUIS MICHEL CHABLIS 1ER CRU SÉCHETS 2015
    The Michel family have been cultivating their passion for tradition and the Chablis terroir since 1850. This beautiful 1er Cru has lifted aromas of citrus, white flowers and flinty minerality. There is a succulence and persistence on the palate which exudes ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Allen Meadows
  8. PIERRO 'VR' CHARDONNAY 2015
    Aromas of pear, citrus and white flowers with some stuck match and hints of oak. Pumice stone texture, tang of sweet citrus acidity lights it up, toasty oak noted, but integrating, finish is effortlessly long. "2015 Pierro VR Chardonnay is the ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
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  9. HYDE DE VILLAINE NAPA VALLEY CHARDONNAY 2015
    The 2015 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay from HDV is everything a balanced Carneros Chardonnay should be: expressive of terroir, fruit and climate. Crafted from old vine California clones, this wine is light and energetic on the palate, yet highly concentrated and mineral ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Vinous
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