$107.94 / case
|Our Price: $17.99 / bottle (RRP: $19.99)||Case: 6 x 750ml|
'Winner of Elite Gold at the 2017 Canberra International Riesling Competition.'
The Sandpiper range is named after the migratory bird which visits the Thorn Clarke vineyards annually from the northern hemisphere - something of a reminder of the tenacity and commitment which is required for long term viticulture.
Winemaking - Harvest was carried out at night. The fruit was pressed (using an airbag press) within an hour of harvest. Care was taken not to lose the delicate Riesling aromas and flavour pre-cursors in the juice. After settling, the juice was warmed and inoculated with a neutral yeast selected for its ability to respect the purity of Riesling. Post fermentation the wine was stabilised, minimally fined, filtered then bottled.
Vintage - An above average wet spring and cooler than average summer temperatures led to a later start to picking than normal. This combined with a long and mild ripening period meant that our fruit developed to a beautiful level of maturity on the vine. This has led to outstanding flavours and elegant, expressive wines.
Pale straw with a subtle green gold hue. Lively citrus fruit, talc and bath salt aromas rise from the glass. Enticing freshly cut lime and floral notes flow across the palate, driven by a zesty and zingy acid line. A fine balance of minerality, fruit and acid creates a mouth puckering finish which leaves you salivating for another glass.
Alc/vol - 11.0%
95 Points / Top 100 Wines of 2017 - James Halliday
Elite Gold - 2017 Canberra International Riesling Competition
'Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour, very light on the edge. The nose is taut and elegantly presented with good depth of lime and lemon fruit, along with white florals and mineral nuances, revealing a little honeysuckle. The aromatics are steely and refreshing. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is tightly bound with elegantly concentrated flavours of limes and lemons, intermingling with honeysuckle and mouthwatering minerals. The fruit forms a fine core, and the wine flows with good linearity along a fine-textured line with soft acid liveliness, leading to a light, but lingering, nuanced finish of citrus fruits, florals and minerals. This is a taut dry Riesling with lime and lemon fruit entwined with mineral notes, showing a fine core and line, and a fresh, lingering dry finish. Serve as an aperitif, with shellfish and Asian fare over the next 4+ years.'
17.5 / 20 - Raymond Chan