Once a tiny outpost in a little-known wine region, Crawford River is a foremost producer of Riesling (and other excellent wines)'
Henty's Crawford River is Australia's greatest Riesling. There. It's been said. All those in opposition should forward their correspondence post haste, as we think this one is almost indisputable (especially when it comes to age-ability).
Riesling thrives in the cold, and Henty is as cold as it gets in mainland Oz. It's where the natural grape acids can dance their rhythmic dance with the bright, quartz green lashed fruit that the region is known for and the Thompson family, who planted this vineyard in 1971, are the best purveyors of this style around. It's the reason why they have such a cult following, especially in the restaurants and winebars of the country.
As a museum release, this is still a baby. Piercing threads of orange blossom, lemon, oatmeal and crisp apple skin take you on a journey into the depths of true, continental Riesling power. This is textbook and should live for another decade, or two.
As seems often to be the case with our aged Riesling, this wine belies its age. Still tinged with youthful green elements, it is incredibly fresh and bright for its years. Delicate blossom and citrus edges fill the nose, together with a distinct wet stone/mineral quality and white stone fruit nuances. More citrus follows on the palate, with notes of custard apple and honeydew melon throughout. The beautifully integrated acidity is soft yet present, creating balance and enabling fabulous length. It's in a wonderful stage of life.
Cool-fermented to dryness in 100% stainless steel tanks. Depending on the year and fruit expression we may chose to practice extended lees ageing in tank. Our white wines are un-fined, and are sterile filtered prior to bottling in early September.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Light straw-green; as ever, the highly perfumed, elegant Crawford River style, beautifully balanced from the word go, but building steadily as the years pass by; citrus, apple, pear and minerally acidity inhabit the long, lingering palate.'
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
From one of Australia's coolest vineyards and from the coldest Australian mainland wine GI, Henty. The wine tourism trail might be a little off-piste, but the wines should be in any serious enthusiast's collection.Tight in perfume, shows stoney and slate-like with a hint of floral character and a squeeze of lime. Surprising concentration in palate, a slim arrow of richness given chalky textural edges. Citrus and lick of ripe stone fruit show, but the essence is an energetic, lengthy, coiled white wine of refreshment and interest. Should cellar superbly, but is really delicious in its current guise.'