2020 Singlefile Single Vineyard Mount Barker Riesling
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VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
The Blue Lake vineyard is an established dry grown vineyard, the second oldest vineyard in the Great Southern, planted in 1971. It is situated on the south-west plains of the Mount Barker sub-region.
Mount Barker delivered excellent growing conditions, with winter and spring being reasonably dry and summer holding cooler temperatures. It was also the earliest vintage in many years with the Riesling grapes harvested on the 19th February.
The primary focus of the winemaking process was to preserve the delicate flavours and aromas of the vineyard’s fruit which was handpicked to avoid macerations (phenolics) and whole bunch pressed for the same reason. The juice was cold settled and fermented with a neutral yeast strain at a temperature of 14°C before preparation for bottling in June 2020.
The colour is light and the aromatics display a combination of citrus flavours of lemon and lime. The palate is characterised by the acidic drive of the wine. A dry riesling, the wine displays intense lime flavours with subtle minerality (which will develop further with age). The wine has a long finish with a lingering acidity.
CRITIC REVIEWS OF NOTE
96 points, James Halliday, The Australian Top 100, Nov 20
96 points, value rosette, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 20
4 stars, Best Wines of 2019, Winestate Magazine, Jan 2020
94 points, Steve Leszczynski, QWine, Oct 2019
18.5 points, Barry Weinman, Western Suburbs Weekly, Sep 2019
93 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Real Review, Sep 2019
93 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jun 2019
93+ points, Campbell Mattinson, The Real Review, May 2019
16.0 points, Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com, Dec 2018
95 points, Toni Paterson, The Real Review, Jan 2019
18.75 points, Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, Nov 2018
90 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, Nov 2018
96 points, James Halliday, Top 100, Nov 2018
94 points, Steve Leszczynski, QWine, Sep 2018
96 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2018
92 points, Toni Paterson, The Real Review Feb 2018
18 points, Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, Dec 2017
93 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, Nov 2017
94 points, QWine, Oct 2017
96 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Sep 2016
95 points, Huon Hooke, Dec 2016
18.8 points, John Jens, Western Suburbs Weekly, Sep 2016
18.7 points, Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club, Oct 2016
'Has Presence', Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, Nov 2016
'Superb', Ralph Kyte-Powell, Canberra Times, Dec 2017
97 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Oct 2016
92 points, Campebell Mattinson, The Wine Front, Jan 2016
Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club, Oct 2015
'Exciting', Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, Nov 2015
This is a dry wine and the acid finish makes it marvellous.