Case Price: $203.94 (6 x 750ml)
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'The fragrant bouquet is filled with citrus and apple blossom scents leading unto the inexorably intense palate of lime/grapefruit flavours, sustained and lengthened by the full-on minerally grip to the finish.'
97 Points - James Halliday
Forest Hill is a unique Australian vineyard for many reasons, including vine age, the thoughtfulness of the original owners, the Pearse family, in terms of choice of site and variety, and the consistency of management since 1965.
Forest Hill is a 100% dry grown vineyard. This is a function of the era in which the vineyard was established, but has been retained because of the quality of the wines that are produced. Irrigation probably has the single greatest impact on masking site and character. If the choices of site and variety are good enough, and management is skilled, dry grown vines will reflect the site and the season accurately. Vintage variation can be dramatic, as the weather data and the wines show. Vintage variation is a feature of great wine regions. Clearly great wines can be made under irrigation, but they are probably the exception that proves the rule. And they don't really speak of their site or the season, they might only whisper.
Riesling fruit is very fragile and its quantity of extractible phenolics makes it a challenge to handle. A key aim of the winemaking process was to preserve the very delicate flavours and aromas of this variety. The fruit was hand picked to avoid maceration (phenolics) and whole bunch pressed for the same reason. The juice was then cold settled, racked and left to ferment with wild yeast at a temperature between 14-16 °C. Wild fermenting is a significant risk for such a fragile variety however the complexity of flavours and softer mouth feel from the indigenous yeasts are a unique and rewarding feature of this wine. Once fermentation is complete the wine is fined with isinglass and prepared for bottling as soon as possible to preserve the vibrant flavours and aromas.
Winemaker - Clemence Haselgrove
Grape Variety - Riesling
Bottled - 2 July
Growing Area - Mount Barker
Alc %/Vol - 11.7%
Acidity - 8.77g/l
pH - 3.02
Residual Sugar - 0.5 g/l
KG/Vines - 2.2 kg/Vines
Cellar Potential - 10-15 years
Colour - Brilliant Pale Straw
Nose - Complex aromas of citrus blossom, jasmine lifted by sweet floral notes.
Palate - Long tight and fleshy mouthfeel with fine chalky structure and long natural acidity back bone. Citrus blossom, waxy candles and floral notes carry through on the palate. With long intergrated natural acid with crisp mineral finish which will see it age well over the next 10-15 years.
'The fragrant bouquet is filled with citrus and apple blossom scents leading unto the inexorably intense palate of lime/grapefruit flavours, sustained and lengthened by the full-on minerally grip to the finish. Gold medal Qantas Wine Show WA '15.'
97 points, James Halliday - Wine Companion