O'Leary Walker Wines was established in 2000 by winemakers David O'Leary and Nick Walker. With over twenty five years experience and established reputations making premium wine with the big companies, these two long time friends decided to take control of their own destiny and craft small batches of wine from some of the best vineyard sites in South Australia. With a great leap of faith they are now doing exactly what they set out to.
Fruit is harvested in the cool of the night. All batches are kept separately in stainless steel tanks. The fruit is de-stemmed and crushed then gently pressed, resulting in a fine free-run cut and a pressings component. These are handled separately. The free-run juice is chilled to preserve the vineyard expression and purity of fruit. Once the juice has settled, it is racked off solids and seeded with yeast. A cool, temperature controlled fermentation is carried out over 10-14 days. The wine is chilled to 5°C and filtered prior to bottling.
A light straw colour with green hues. Delicate floral aromas with spice, ripe citrus and perfumed with bath powder. The palate is pure and persistent with a textural finish that showcases the subregion's minerality and slate characteristics.
O'Leary Walker Wines was established in 2000 by winemakers David O'Leary and Nick Walker. With over twenty five years experience and established reputations making premium wine with the big companies, these two long time friends decided to take control of their own destiny and craft small batches of wine from some of the best vineyard sites in South Australia. With a great leap of faith they are now doing exactly what they set out to. Based in Leasingham in the Clare Valley, the duo source fruit from all over South Australia (including the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra and McLaren Vale) but some of the best fruit comes from the Clare Valley itself. Of particular note is the Grace's vineyard in Watervale which supplies Riesling for the lauded 'Watervale Riesling' label. Grace's is a dry grown, west facing vineyard that sits on the classic 'red loam over limestone' Watervale soils and produces wonderful Riesling fruit. Similarly, the Smith and Molloy vineyards in the Polish Hill River area also contribute wonderfully intense Riesling fruit of the highest order. The O'Leary Walker range focuses on some premium regional varietals, taking the best bits from all around South Australia. The theory behind this is to draw on the grape varieties that excel in these quite different viticultural climates.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Combines finesse with power, varietal fruit with elegance - this is Polish Hill River calling the tune with that edge of clarity that takes it out of the ruck.'
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
Good fragrance and flavour, green apple in with citrus, an attractive chalky feel, length good too, but the acidity on the finish is a little too coarse and takes the edge off (or puts it on), an otherwise excellent wine. Minor quibble. Good drinking and good value.'
Bright, light to mid-yellow colour, the aromas restrained and mineral but shy on riesling fruit aromatics. The wine is soft and full, dry and rich, with a smooth savouriness, and a refreshingly clean, crisp finish. The nose built some attractive lemony notes as it warmed in the glass. The palate is soft and seamless, clean and dry, and the acid is elevated but beautifully harmonious.'