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2018 Gaelic Cemetery Premium Riesling

2018 Gaelic Cemetery Premium Riesling

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Cellar to 2030
Screw Cap
Clare Valley
2018
750ml
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$34.99
Cellar to 2030
Screw Cap
Clare Valley
2018
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Gaelic Cemetery Wines is a joint venture between Neil and Andrew Pike of Pikes Wines and Vigneron Grant Arnold. The brief for the partnership was quite simple: to craft small volumes of super premium Clare Valley wines that reflect the variety, vintage and uniqueness of the place.

    The vineyard itself was established in 1996 by Grant Arnold on a parcel of land immediately adjacent to the historic Gaelic Cemetery approximately five kilometres due north of the Clare township – hence the name.

    The 2018 Gaelic Cemetery Premium Riesling comes from the oldest block of Riesling vines on the vineyard. Their aim is to make something that is more textural than the entry-level Celtic Farm wine, not relying totally on acidity to give length and drive to the wine.

    It is certainly a wine that is built for the long haul, and will take years, even decades to truly unravel its greatest potential.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • Region: 100% Clare Valley, South Australia
    Variety: 100% Riesling – Harvested early February
    Alcohol Content: 11.0% Alc/Vol
    Acidity: 7.90 g/L
    pH: 2.84
    Residual Sugar: 2.8 g/L

    The grapes for this wine were both hand & machine harvested, transported to the winery, de stemmed, pressed and the juice chilled prior to the being partially clarified by cold settling – some solids were retained for texture and added complexity. It was then inoculated with a pure yeast culture, with fermentation carried out in stainless steel temperature controlled tanks for 25-30 days. After fermentation the wine was fined, stabilised and then filtered prior to bottling.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Pale green in appearance with typical Clare Valley Riesling characters of lemon, lime and apple plus some bath salts/talc elements also on display as well. The palate is fresh, crisp and dry; the concentrated flavours and balanced acidity works in conjunction with the long, textural finish.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Shiraz and Riesling cuttings were sourced from the Pikes A10 and C2 blocks at Polish Hill River in 1995 and planted out in 1996 on some gently sloping, East facing land at White Hut tucked in behind the hills that overlook Stanley Flat, in the Clare Valley. After a couple of early vintages from the very young vines, it soon became quite evident that the soils and aspect of the vineyard were ideally suited to the growing of extremely low vigour / low yielding vines, delivering fruit packed with concentrated flavor and firm textures. This vineyard is always one of the earliest ripening Shiraz and Riesling vineyards in the Clare region and mystifyingly produces fruit with a pH/acid analysis that are usually exemplary. There is no issue in achieving full fruit maturity. Vigneron Grant Arnold’s aim is to run the Gaelic Cemetery Vineyard as sustainably as possible. Minimal use of water for irrigation, under vine mulching to reduce moisture loss, mid row cover cropping to encourage microbial activity in the soils and using only organic based fungicides/pesticides are just some of the measures undertaken and all part of the mantra in the vineyard. The grapes are vinified at Pikes Clare Valley winery facility and the wines are made using a combination of traditional and modern techniques. The focus is on capturing the essence of the vineyard without trying to manipulate the wines too much.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 96 POINTS

    JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    'Has an expressive, citrus blossom-filled bouquet and a linear, pure palate with the full array of Clare Valley riesling flavours. It has chalky/talc acidity, built into the fabric of the wine from the outset. From a vintage similar in picking date to the '13-'16 vintages that gave higher altitude vineyards such as the 410m of Gaelic Cemetery a head start.'

    91 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE


    'Very light colour, with a very fragrant lifted aroma, flowery and delicate, refined and pristinely clean. Delicate, fresh, light-bodied, feather-light and gorgeous.'

    91 POINTS

    GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT


    'Lemon, citrus blossom, some lavender and briny scents. It’s intense and a little grainy, plenty of lemon sorbet over lime, flinty and chalky texture, intensity and flavour, but some coarseness to the acidity hangs out on the finish, which gives me pause. Needs a little time, this one.'