Riesling Clare Valley South Australia
Valley Clare is internationally renowned for Riesling, many of the region's finest vineyards are at Watervale. This distinguished hamlet has a population of only two hundred and fifty, a single shop and one garage, a pub and a school, a library, two churches and five distinguished wineries. Like many of the world's great wine growing appellations, Watervale has a name and global reach that belies its tiny size. Crabtree is an exquisitely balanced Riesling with an intensity of complex varietal characters, fine mineral acidity and lovely persistence of fruit.
There is a conjunction of unique and distinctive soils at Watervale, loam on limestone or loam on shale, all well-draining and enhanced by a favourable climate, warmth, sunshine and cool nights. The Crabtree team have a long history and experience with Riesling, growing it in the vineyard and handling it in the winery. A key strategy to formulating this wine is to pick and ferment all the Riesling blocks separately. Thirteen individual ferments provide the team with intimate insights into each block's flavour profile and unique terroir characteristics. The best free run juices are identified and cold fermented to dry. The finest of these batches are set aside for inclusion into the final wine.
Pale straw with green hues. Expressing all the requisite Watervale florals on the bouquet, lemon, fresh pineapples and pear. A punchy, layered grapefruit and citrus spice palate coats the mouth, finishing long, crisp and dry. A splendid rendering of luscious Watervale Riesling.