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2012 Tunkalilla Vineyard Riesling

2012 Tunkalilla Vineyard Riesling

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11.8%
Cellar to 2020
Screw Cap
Eola-Amity Hills
2012
750ml
2012 Tunkalilla Vineyard Riesling has a rating of 4.0 stars based on 1 reviews.
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$21.99
11.8%
Cellar to 2020
Screw Cap
Eola-Amity Hills
2012
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Brian and Ann Croser are stalwarts of the wine industry. Having founded Petaluma Wines, Argyle Winery in the United States, and more recently Tapanappa Wines on the Fleurieu Peninsula, they are certainly not lacking in experience in either hemisphere. In fact, Brian's ability to pick out vineyard sites, combined with his love of the American Northwest, lead him and Ann to purchase an old Christmas tree farm in Oregon in 2002. The Vineyard lies in the Eola Hills of the Willamette Valley, Oregon. The GI is Eola-Amity, with a predominantly maritime climate that includes relatively mild winters, and cooler summers - perfect for Riesling!

    It took them three years to convert, and in 2005, they planted 2.8 acres of Riesling vines, the first vintage release being 2008.

    And the results speak for themsleves. Brian and Ann have produced Riesling from the Tunkalilla Vineyard every vintage since that first one. They are bright and expressive wines, with a crisp, natural acidity, tempered by a touch of residual sweetness, but finishing dry. The 2012 received a Gold Medal at the Riesling Masters Awards 2015, and was given 92 Points by Wine Spectator. Being produced in the U.S, these wines can be very hard to come by. So when we had the opportunity to get some, we jumped on it. In fact, we loved it so much that we snapped up the remaining stock for the vintage. You will not find this anywhere else!

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • The first five vintages at Tunkalilla Vineyard (2008-2012) have all been cooler than average although 2012 was the second warmest of the five after the 2009 vintage. The very dry and moderately warm vintage combined with the 7- year vine age has produced a wine with strong, ripe Riesling flavours. Unusually, the acid was lower than the previous vintages, probably because of the high level of sunlight hours of the 2012 vintage. 

    The 11.4 gm/L of residual sugar combined with the ripe flavours, balances the modest 8 gm/L of acid achieving a dry finish.
    The ripe Riesling aromatics are of orange blossom, passion fruit and mango and while the flavour is ripe and intense it is also refined. 2012 Tunkalilla Vineyard Riesling is another slightly surprising expression of this unique terroir.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    An intense nose of developing petrol/kerosene characters, overlaying notes of fresh lime zest, stony minerality and a sherbet, almost bath salt, sort of feel. There is perhaps a touch of botrytis in there too, in the form of marmalade toast. Very inviting. The palate leads with honeyed citrus, of an intensity comparable to the nose. There's a wonderful acidity that picks up and carries through in a zippy, racy line to the finish. Balanced beautifully by a hint of residual sweetness, the finish opens out to ripe citrus notes and more river stone mineral. Brilliant line and length.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Tunkalilla Vineyard is a tiny specialist Riesling vineyard perched on the southern facing end escarpment of the Eola Hills in the Willamette Valley overlooking Salem, the capital of Oregon. In 2005, Brian and Ann Croser planted 3 acres of Riesling on the then 50-acre Christmas tree farm that has since been cleared for further plantings of Riesling and Pinot Noir. Tunkalilla Vineyard is on the western boundary of Cristom winery’s distinguished Pinot Noir vineyard sites and a strong relationship between the Croser family and the Gerrie family of Cristom has developed allowing Brian and Ann to make their initial Tunkalilla Vineyard Rieslings at the Cristom winery Brian and Ann chose to name their Oregon vineyard Tunkalilla Vineyard after the beach adjacent to the farms on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia where they grow prime lamb (Maylands Farm lamb) and Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 92 POINTS

    WINE SPECTATOR


    Light and sleek, with minerally acidity that runs delicately through relatively fleshy, lightly sweet pear, grapefruit and cream flavors, finishing with delicacy. Drink now through 2020.

    ACCOLADES


    Gold Medal - Riesling Masters 2015