2023 Singlefile Single Vineyard Mount Barker Riesling
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
The Blue Lake vineyard is an established dry grown vineyard. It is situated on the south-west plains of the Mount Barker sub-region. Blue Lake vineyard consistently provides excellent growing conditions.
The 2023 growing season delivered ideal conditions for growing premium riesling in the Great Southern region. There was good rainfall over winter. Spring was reasonably dry and summer held slightly cooler temperatures which allowed for the ideal lemon and lime riesling flavours to develop while, importantly, the fruit retained a beautiful natural acidity which forms the backbone of this wine.
The primary focus of the winemaking process was to preserve the delicate flavours and aromas of the vineyard’s fruit. The fruit was handpicked and whole bunch pressed on 24 March 2023. The juice was cold settled and fermented at a temperature of 14°C. It was then left to rest until preparation for bottling in June 2023.
The colour is light and pristine, and the aromatics display powerful lemon and lime with enticing notes of honey. The palate is characterised by the powerful acidic drive of the wine. A dry riesling, the wine displays intense lime and lemon blossom flavours with lively, flinty minerality (which will develop further with age). The wine has a crisp, tingling finish, with a lingering lemony acidity.
CRITIC REVIEWS OF NOTE
96 points, Top in Category, Wines of the West, Winestate Magazine, May/June 2022
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.