Harvested from the family vineyard, situated in White Hutt, just north of the Clare township. The vineyard in grey clay over limestone. With the vines planted in an east/west direction. The wine is made in an 'Off Dry' style, containing 14g/L sugar. Although sweet, it is harvested earlier than the dry wines, to ensure good acid to balance out the sweetness. Bright, fresh, aromatic. Aromas of mandarin, ripe limes, and fresh lemon. The wine shows flavours of lemon curd, grapefruit and melon. A tight acid line, which is balanced nicely by natural acid.
Bright, fresh, aromatic â€“ This wine is made in an â€˜Off Dryâ€™ style, containing 14g/L sugar. Rieslingfreak No.5, similarly to No.3, is made from the family vineyard, but with the grapes harvested from a vineyard with lighter soils, therefore providing a lighter style of wine. The grapes are harvested earlier in the season, to provide a wine that is slightly less alcoholic. Being â€˜off dryâ€™, the sugar levels vary each vintage, pending on the season, and normally result in sugars between 11-15g/L. The sugar is delicately balanced with the natural acids, providing a fruit driven style, with a lingering hint of sweetness. This Riesling drinks well on release and will reward with cellaring.
Rieslingfreak is the inspiration of John Hughes, a man who is very passionate about his rieslings. The first vintage of the brand was in 2009, with a single vineyard Clare Valley Riesling. Since then, the label has expanded to include Eden Valley and Polish Hill River regions. The brand philosophy is to represent the hallmarks of a single region with their iconic winemaking style. Each Rieslingfreak wine is allocated an individual number. This number represents not only the region in which the fruit was grown, but also the style and technical specifications with which the wine is made. Rieslingfreak is about providing consumers with a range of specially crafted rieslings embracing both different regions and styles. It is only released from vintages considered worthy.