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No.9 CLARE VALLEY SEKT RIESLING 2019
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The fruit for Rieslingfreak No.9 Sekt Clare Valley Riesling comes from the family property, situated in the Clare Valley, in the sub region of White Hutt. The grapes for No.9 were selected from the coolest part of the vineyard; providing grapes with high natural acidity, lifted perfume and delicate fruit flavors. After primary fermentation, the wine was stabilized and prepared for secondary fermentation in bottle, also known as “Tirage”. The wine was Tiraged in June 2019, completing secondary fermentation (the process that adds the *sparkle* to sparkling wine) by September 2019.

After completing secondary fermentation, the wine spent three years in bottle on yeast lees. During this time, the autolysis of the yeast contributed sweet toasty aromas and flavours and a creamy mouthfeel; softening the apparent acidity and enriching the palate. Disgorged in June 2022, this wine captures the essence of great Riesling fruit, bursting with citrus and white peach; perfectly complemented by the subtle yeasty undertones of autolysis as notes of floral honey and toasted brioche. The wine has only 2.25g/L residual sugar, making it extremely dry for an Australian sparkling, but the sweet fruit flavors and creamy mouthfeel ensure a decadently rich palate. These deceptively lush fruit flavours coupled with driving natural acidity is the quintessential expression of ultra-premium Clare Riesling; and combining this with the inherent complexity of a Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wine makes for a very special sparkling experience indeed!

 

 

No.3 CLARE VALLEY RIESLING 2022
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Sourced exclusively from White Hut the family vineyard in the Clare Valley, owned by Richard and Anne Hughes. The majority of the 5 sites has deep red clay, over limestone, providing a fruit driven style of Riesling.

These heavy red clay soils contribute to the fruit intensity of this wine, with its classic notes of lemon and lime.

 

No.4 EDEN VALLEY RIESLING 2022
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Fruit for the Eden Valley Riesling is sourced from four vineyards located across the Southern Ranges of Eden Valley. Two vineyards are located in Flaxman Valley in High Eden, a premium sub-region of Eden Valley. The first vineyard, owned by Michael Mason, is planted on shallow grey sandy loam over shale rock.  The second vineyard is owned by Ben Zander, planted in loam soil over light medium clay, with high quartz rock and gravel content. The third vineyard belonging to Mark Bartholomaeus, is in the heart of the Eden Valley township, with 65 year old vines, producing wines with intense flavour and exceptional natural acidity.

Vegan friendly, with the delicacy and refinement that are the hallmarks of Eden Valley.

 

No.2 POLISH HILL RIVER RIESLING 2022
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The Polish Hill River vineyard, owned by Robert and Lyn Jaeschke is south-east of the Clare township, in the heart of the Polish Hill River. Planted on grey loam over sandy limestone and shale rock, these vines produce tight Rieslings.

No.2 is a dry style, showcasing many of the refinements typical of the Polish Hill River. The limestone and shale rock soil profile are reflected in the wine with mineral and slate notes.

 

No.10 ZENITH ‘PINNACLE’ RIESLING 2022
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Zenit is a German name, meaning pinnacle. This wine was born when Belinda and John searched for the best wine they could blend from the hallmark 2017 vintage for their own wedding.

Made only in selected years, from a blend of Clare and Eden vineyards that are the best representation of the vintage.

 

No.6 CLARE VALLEY AGED RELEASE RIESLING 2017
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The No.6 is harvested from the family vineyard, situated in White Hutt, Clare Valley. The grapes are grown on a small area of grey clay over limestone adjacent to a creek, with the vines planted in an east/west direction. The unique microclimate and soil type of this particular patch of grapes imparts a delicacy of flavour and elegant structure to the wine that is perfectly suited to long-term cellaring. Remarkably vibrant and still imbued with the zest of youth, this wine is refined and mineraldriven with a purity and linearity not often seen, even among the very best Clare Rieslings.

 

No.1 GROUNDS OF GRANDEUR RIESLING 2020
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The 2020 Rieslingfreak No.1 is the second release of this icon Riesling. Rieslingfreak No.1 Grounds of Grandeur Riesling pays respect to the individual vineyard, the grower, and the grapes by showcasing the best of the vintage. Situated 5km South-East of the Clare township, Rob and Lyn Jaeschke’s Polish Hill River vineyard is on grey-brown loam over sandy limestone and shale rock. The Riesling vines are approximately 14 years old, planted on 38-year-old root stock.

Hand-picked on the 20th February 2020, the grapes were placed in cold storage for 48 hours, ensuring they were nice and cool prior to whole bunch pressing the following day. The juice was pressed lightly to a stainless-steel tank, taking only the most pristine free run juice at 420L/T. The juice was settled for 5 days prior to racking into barrel, then allowed to slowly warm naturally prior to wild fermentation with 100% indigenous yeast to complete dryness. The wine stayed on lees for 10 months prior to racking in November 2020, then matured quietly in barrel for a further 12 months until late November 2021 when it was prepared for bottling.

 

 

No.5 CLARE VALLEY OFF DRY RIESLING 2022
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Sourced from the family vineyards at White Hut, No.5 is harvested from a site that has shale grey soils over limestone, giving a lighter style wine. Fermentation is stopped early, to preserve a fruit driven hint of sweetness.

 

No.8 SCHATZKAMMER POLISH HILL RIVER RIESLING 2022
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Schatzkammer, translated from German means a type of Cabinet, a tip of the hat from John to the styles of wine (Kabinett) from the Mosel that first inspired him to pursue making only expressions of Riesling. Residual sugar for this vintage is 53 grams per litre.

“This is the greatest wine to make, the greatest to drink and the hardest to sell”- John Hughes

 

 

No.7 FORTIFIED RIESLING NV
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Harvested at the same time as Rieslingfreak No.3. The juice is partially fermented to 7-8 baume (approx. 140g/L sugar) then fortified with a neutral brandy spirit. Stored in old oak casks to develop for 2 to 4 years. The wine looks similar to a white port, whilst still retaining the Riesling aromatics and flavours.