Riesling, Clare Valley

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.
Located 120km north of Adelaide, Clare Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia. The region is set on softly undulating hills covering a length of some 35km and ranges from 5 to 10km in width. In fact, Clare Valley is also one of mainland Australia's coolest wine growing regions.

The five subregions of Clare Valley are - Sevenhill, Clare, Watervale, Polish Hill and Auburn, each influenced by the interweaving creeks and valleys and each with its unique soil types, climate and altitude. Throughout the region, the moderately continental climate, with its cool to cold nights and warm to hot summer days are ideal for producing its most important white, Riesling.

Whilst Riesling is no doubt the king white grape for the region, very elegant Shiraz with soft palates and Cabernet Sauvignons are produced there too. Lesser amounts of Sémillon are grown, though Grenache and blends like Shiraz/Cabernet or Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec can also be deliciously smooth and textural.

Grosset produces arguably Australia's finest Rieslings from his Clare Valley Winery. Atlas and Leo Buring too create nice Rieslings.
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  1. Road To Enlightenment Riesling 2020
    Road to Enlightenment Riesling is regional and varietally expressive - full of character and exceptionally drinkable. Sourced from a combination of older and younger vines in the heart of the Clare Valley, just off the Horrocks Highway to the north ... Learn More
  2. Road To Enlightenment Riesling 2019
    Road to Enlightenment Riesling is regional and varietally expressive - full of character and exceptionally drinkable. Sourced from a combination of older and younger vines in the heart of the Clare Valley, just off the Horrocks Highway to the north ... Learn More
  3. Jaeschkes Hill River Clare Riesling 2019
    Jaeschke’s Hill River Clare Estate is a family owned single vineyard located in the Polish Hill River Valley, 6kms South-East of Clare. This Riesling shows fragrant floral & tropical fruit aromas on the nose, followed by a typical Polish Hill ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  4. Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2020
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! The Watervale Riesling is picked from a special part of the Florita vineyard in Watervale. This famous Riesling vineyard usually achieves full ripeness, with high natural acid levels. The nose displays ... Learn More
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  5. Andrew Peace Winemakers Choice Clare Valley Riesling 2014
    ** 93 POINTS JAMES HALLIDAY ** "Shows delicate aromas of lime, guava and green apple with balanced acidity. Flavours of lime and orange peel on the palate with some underlying sweetness and a crisp, dry, finish. Careful cellaring should lead to secondary characters ... Learn More
  6. Atlas Watervale Riesling 2019
    The fruit is sourced from 2 distinguished vineyard sites in the Clare Valley. The main part is sourced from a premium vineyard owned by the famous Koerner family which also sells fruit to wineries such as Vickery, Adelina and Leo Buring. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  7. Atlas Watervale Riesling 2020
    The fruit is sourced from 2 distinguished vineyard sites in the Clare Valley. The main part is sourced from a premium vineyard owned by the famous Koerner family which also sells fruit to wineries such as Vickery, Adelina and Leo Buring. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  8. United Cellars Selection 'Riesling By Tom Barry' 2019
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! Sourced from both the prestigious Watervale sub region and the Barry’s own 40 yr old Lodge Hill vineyard in the Clare Valley. The palate shows lime citrus peel and ginger. There ... Learn More
  9. Pikes 'Traditionale' Riesling 2019
    With a history dating back to 1878, the Pike family has a past rich in brewing and winemaking. Current custodians, Neil & Andrew form a formidable partnership creating wines that express terroir magnificently. One of their icon wines, the 'Traditionale' Riesling manages ... Learn More
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  10. Rieslingfreak No 5 Off-Dry Clare Valley Riesling 2020
    Rieslingfreak No.5, like No.3 is made from the family vineyard, but with the grapes harvested from a vineyard with lighter soils therefore providing a lighter style of wine. The grapes are harvested earlier in the season, to provide a wine ... Learn More
  11. Rieslingfreak No 3 Clare Valley Riesling 2020
    Made from the family vineyard, White Hutt, Clare Valley. The heavy red clay soils contribute to the fruit intensity of this wine. No.3 is a fruit driven style of Riesling. Classic flavours of this vineyard include ripe lemon and limes ... Learn More
  12. Vinemind Riesling 2018
    VineMind Clare Valley Riesling 2018 is a classic Clare Riesling from a great vineyard. It is chalky, lemon, citrus, floral. Lean and dry with great lean. ... Learn More
  13. Rockbare Clare Valley Riesling 2019
    Showing a light straw colour, this Clare Valley Riesling gives off lifted fragrances of balm, lemon blossom and white florals from the nose. The intense and attractive palate is full of freshly squeezed lemon juice, orange blossom honey, ‘Bickfords’ lime ... Learn More
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  14. Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2017
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! The Watervale Riesling is picked from a special part of the Florita vineyard in Watervale. This famous Riesling vineyard usually achieves full ripeness, with high natural acid levels. The nose displays ... Learn More
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  15. Plan B 'Od' Riesling 2019
    Fruit from Frankland River. The fruit was picked at night when the natural sugar levels and the acid is wonderfully balance. Only the free run juice was retained and vinified at cool temperatures to preserve varietal flavours and aromas. The ... Learn More
  16. Plan B Riesling 2019
    James Halliday: Grapes for this Riesling were carefully sourced from the vineyards Powderbank and Hayview in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. Only the free run juice was retained and vinified at cool temperatures to capture the pristine varietal ... Learn More
    Plan B Riesling 2019
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    James Halliday
  17. Erin Eyes 'Emerald Isle' Riesling 2019
    Awarded a Gold medal from the Australian Wine Showcase, and also given a 93 point score from Huon Hooke. Emerald Isle is Steve Wiblin's second label Riesling. Sourced from Sevenhill, this is a wine that will probably outlive us all. Wet ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  18. Erin Eyes 'Pride Of Erin Reserve' Riesling 2020
    ALthough only just released, this 2020 has already received high praise. Pride of Erin is Steve Wiblin's top Riesling. Sourced from Sevenhill, this complex, intense wine will probably outlive us all. Wet stone, talc, white flowers and a promise of intense ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
  19. Erin Eyes 'Pride Of Erin Reserve' Riesling 2019
    Voted #1 Riesling by Huon Hooke Pride of the Erin is Steve Wiblin's top Riesling, and in 2019, a challenging and intensely low-yielding vintage, he has ransacked every iota of available flavour he could possibly muster. Sourced from Sevenhill, this behemoth is ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  20. Mount Horrocks 'Watervale' Riesling 2019
    An outstanding limited release Riesling of the highest echelon, regularly acknowledged among the finest in Australia and admired around the world. One the nose it is super-fragrant – floral aromatics leap from the glass. The palate follows with crunchy crisp lemon-lime ... Learn More
  21. Koerner Brothers Watervale Riesling 2019
    Clare Valley's Koerner Wine scored the top gong in the national wine competition. Winemaking brothers Damon and Jono Koerner, from Koerner Wine in the Clare Valley, have been crowned the 2019 Young Gun of Wine (YGOW). "Brothers Koerner showcases our two ... Learn More
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  22. Mitchell Watervale Riesling 2019
    Mitchell Watervale Riesling is crafted in the same traditional, low intervention style that has been used consistently for the past 40 years. The vines are low yielding with small berries, but show a wonderful depth of flavour that remains consistent year ... Learn More
  23. Tim Adams Reserve Riesling 2011
    Riesling wines from the Clare Valley are definitely enjoyable when both young and zesty, however when left to mature beyond five years of age, they truly show their worth. "Talk about drinking at its peak. This is in a great ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Tyson Stelzer
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  24. Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling 2020
    Sourced from the home of great Australian Riesling, this trademark Clare Valley aromatic white is wonderful when opened upon release and like all great Rieslings, will develop brilliant toasty characters over a 10 year period in the bottle. Pale straw in ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  25. Grosset 'Alea' Riesling 2018
    With its first vintage in 2012, ‘Alea’ is the most recent addition to the Grosset stable. Made in the style of the Rieslings of Germany and Austria, it has attractive lemon blossom on a first swirl, there’s a hint of ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  26. Grosset 'Alea' Riesling 2020
    With its first vintage in 2012, ‘Alea’ is the most recent addition to the Grosset stable. Made in the style of the Rieslings of Germany and Austria, it has attractive lemon blossom on a first swirl, there’s a hint of ... Learn More
  27. O'Leary Walker Drs' Cut Reserve Riesling 2017
    Light yellow colour, bright. The bouquet has some oyster-shell notes, some vanilla and the beginnings of toasted nut. Citrus pith aromas. There is good flavour and softness, character and length. It's starting to build complexity. The mandarin and lemon flavours ... Learn More
  28. Grosset 'Springvale' Riesling 2018
    ‘The Springvale vineyard is unique on two fronts: First, its odd shape accurately reflects the red loam-over-limestone profile below. Under this limestone is slate, its existence discovered by us only after the vine roots had reached that far. Second, the ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  29. Grosset Springvale Riesling 2020
    "The low yields of the 2020 vintage may have reduced the availability of the Grosset Springvale but not its accessibility. It has bright, fresh aromas of lemon drop and lemon meringue aromatics. There’s a soft fleshiness in the mouth with ... Learn More
  30. Grosset Springvale Riesling 2019
    A swirl of the glass will unleash the potent aromas of this very different vintage of Grosset Springvale Riesling. It’s so dramatically perfumed that it’s almost overwhelming: the aromatics themselves are not so surprising – lovely florals, lemongrass, lime ... Learn More
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  31. Loosen Barry Walhalla Dry Riesling 2016
    Made by 3rd generation wine growers/makers Sam and Tom Barry in collaboration with German superstar winemaker Erni Loosen of Dr Loosen. The wine is made from Mosel Riesling grapes grown on the Erdener Treppchen vineyard, raised in the Australian ... Learn More
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  32. Grosset 'Polish Hill' Riesling 2018
    This wine is often regarded as Australia's best Riesling. While fresh and drinkning well now, this wine has an ageing potential of easily up to 20 years. Intense citrus and cool slate characters, voluminous floral aromatics, with hints of talc and ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Mike Bennie
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  33. Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2019
    “Most would consider that Grosset Polish Hill is always produced from low yielding vines, so what happens when the Clare Valley’s lack of winter rain results in the ‘lowest yielding vintage for decades’. Something special. There are subtle yet ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  34. Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2020
    “There’s an initial shyness on the nose, not surprising given the history of Grosset Polish Hill; and more restrained than some recent releases. This initial restraint gives way to a slowly evolving, yet increasingly intense, pure lime perfume. The ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  35. ONLINE TASTING PACK - SUMMER OF RIESLING

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 22nd of October 2020. This event is all about the perfect summer ... Learn More

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  36. Grosset Springvale Riesling 2019 (Magnum)
    A swirl of the glass will unleash the potent aromas of this very different vintage of Grosset Springvale Riesling. It’s so dramatically perfumed that it’s almost overwhelming: the aromatics themselves are not so surprising – lovely florals, lemongrass, lime ... Learn More
  37. Loosen Barry Wolta Wolta Dry Riesling 2017
    On 17th March 2017, five tonnes of Riesling were harvested from Block 18 (planted in 1979) at our Lodge Hill vineyard. It was a week later than normal as we were looking for a greater hangtime. Juice numbers were very good at 12 baumé ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  38. Loosen Barry Wolta Wolta Dry Riesling 2018
    On 3rd March 2018, five tonnes of Riesling were hand harvested and sorted from Block 18 (planted in 1979) at our Lodge Hill vineyard for the Loosen Barry Wolta Wolta Riesling. We harvested the fruit at 12.2 Baumé. Fruit was stored in a cold ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  39. Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2019 (Magnum)
    “Most would consider that Grosset Polish Hill is always produced from low yielding vines, so what happens when the Clare Valley’s lack of winter rain results in the ‘lowest yielding vintage for decades’. Something special. There are subtle yet ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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