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2015 Rhythm Stick Wines Red Robin Clare Valley Riesling

Clare Valley

Our Price: $18.99 / bottle (RRP: $25.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'Clean and precise on the nose, evolving gently. Wet stone characters and a lovely feminine, gentle palate showing great purity.'
98 Points - Roger Jones (Decanter Magazine April 2018)

  • The singular minded Rhythm Stick winery, owned by couple Ron and Jeanette Ely, have nothing other than Riesling on the brain. That's all they make; nothing more, nothing less. And every year, without fail they make it their goal to produce a Riesling that is at the very least, a gold medal quality wine.

    Ron is pretty lucky, in the sense his Riesling vineyard is one of the best protected sites in the whole of the Clare Valley. Situated at 420 metres above sea-level, on a bed of limestone, shale and slate (where the vines can call upon the deep water reserves locked in the shale tributaries running underneath the natural hillside amphitheater), the vines have all the natural defense mechanisms to keep them thriving through the harshest conditions. That means better flower set, longer ripening and less need for added acidity to help balance the overt ripeness that lesser wines of the region need to call upon.

    In 2015, with the help of winemaker Tim Adams by their side, the team have whipped up a doozie. A wine that is just starting to find its feet and maturity, loosing the puppy fat of youthful exuberance (and the blistering acidity along the way) with the very faint early stages of  a golden hue, and honey blossom starting to develop. It appears faintly Germanic in style, with a nose of white blossoms, lemon curd and honeyed mandarin coming to the fore (plus that requisite gun-flint smokiness which comes with extra time spent in bottle). On the palate though, it is jam packed with powerful concentration and a line and length unlike any other. Racy and mouth-filling. This is how Australian Riesling should be done. Time will be very kind to this wine, and if stored well, there is every chance the Red Robin Riesling will be kicking around for at least another 25+ years.

    Having recently just been unearthed by the team at Decanter Wines who awarded it collectively 98, 97 & 97 points from the three impresarios of wine, this is one Australian wine to look out for. Very rarely do we ever see a Riesling with these kinds of accolades land for under $20 a bottle, and lesser still do you see those reviews coming from International wine critics (whose 'outsider looking in' perspective often helps tame our local parochialism). This is sheer quality, at a level that is on par with the best Riesing's of the world, and for a price that is almost unfathomable. 


    The Riesling fruit is from our boutique “Henry Ely” Vineyard, sited 420 metres above sea level at Penwortham in the heart of the Clare Valley.

    The vineyard gently slopes to the West and is tucked between two of the Valleys famous North/South hill ranges. As a consequence the vineyard receives early shading from the afternoon summer sun and the impressive fertile soils enjoy very good rainfall capture and storage into underground perched aquifers. Our totally dry grown fruit flourishes across all vintage seasons including periods of extended dry weather.

    The vineyard soil is neutral pH with a structure consisting of a mixture of Terra Rossa soils, sections of friable brown loams and patches of dark chocolate clay. The vineyard sits on a mixture of reef structures; sandstone, slate and limestone. Selected mid row summer green weed growth is encouraged to reduce canopy temperatures during peak summer. The vines are hand pruned in winter with a concentrated, summer hand pruning and canopy management regime to ensure fruit bunch protection from any flavour damaging peak summer, UV rays.

    Our 2014-15 berry set and ripening period experienced largely low rainfall with the exception of mid January 2015 when some 70mm fell over a two week period. Throughout the Clare Valley many wineries experienced an early vintage some 3 weeks ahead of average. Our berries showed early development but were not at optimum ripeness until harvest on the 26th February. Our deep rooted dry grown vines again had good access to cracked aquifer water during the important late summer growth season. The overall summer growth was vigorous requiring considerable manual vineyard time pruning back vine canopies, opening them for improved air circulation. Our optimum ripening conditions  and healthy vine canopy have given rise to a Riesling of exceptional quality.

    15.5 tonnes were machine harvested in the early morning, (4.00am to 6.30am) ensuring the Riesling bunches entered the winery at the lowest day temperatures, to minimise oxidation. The fruit processing was commenced within 2 hours of harvest. The de-stemmed fruit was cooled to 4 degrees Celsius and stored in stainless steel. The fruit and skins were given minimal pressing, with juice extraction limited to 500 litres per tonne of grapes. The fruit was de-juiced, clarified and fermented over two weeks at a temperature of less than 14ºC.

    The wine was protein and cold stabilized with minimal sulphur dioxide used in its production. The finished wine was bottled in mid December 2015.

    Alcohol - 12.5%

    Acid - 7.61

    pH - 2.93

    R S - 1.39

    Cellar - With Care until 2031


    Pale straw and light green tones.  Displays an alluringly clean nose with classic Clare lime and lifted lemon blossom aromas. This is a perfectly balanced dry Riesling combining a refreshing acidity with luscious and complex mouth filling lemon citrus flavours that excite the pallet and linger to a long dry, clean & delightful fruit driven finish.


    'Clean and precise on the nose, evolving gently. Wet stone characters and a lovely feminine, gentle palate showing great purity.'
    98 Points - Roger Jones (Decanter Magazine Tasting Panel April 2018)

    'Intense struck match and toast comes through on the nose, unfolding onto lime curd and grapefruit on the palate, with a long finish.'
    97 Points - Sarah Knowles M.W (Decanter Magazine Tasting Panel April 2018)

    'Seductively fresh lemon and lime aromas with a juicy lime fruitiness that shouts Riesling in all directions. Mouthfilling and delightfully dry.'
    97 Points - Anthony Rose (Decanter Magazine Tasting Panel April 2018)

    97 Points - Decanter Magazine (#3 of 133 Australian Riesling, April 2018)

    'Medium to light straw colour, with a bouquet which is starting to show development in its toast and straw aspects. There is some malt and a tickle of sweetness as well on the palate, and it finishes softly with some roundness but also good acidity. A lovely wine, drinking well right now.'

    94 Points - Huon Hooke (tasted 26/04/2018)

    'From the estate dry grown Henry Ely Vineyard at Penwortham, named in honour of Ron Ely's great-great grandfather. Will continue to develop slowly but with assurance, all the basics totally in play - and in balance. Will capture the quality that its '09 Reserve sibling is showing now.'
    93 Points - James Halliday (Tasted 2016)

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