RIESLINGFREAK 2022 VINTAGE RELEASE

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“John is widely admired for his commitment to the wine community through his behind the scenes work with the Barossa Wine Show and Riesling Eden Valley and his Rieslingfreak label is a fantastic homage to the riesling grape” – Huon Hooke, The Real Review

Rieslingfreak is deeply immersed in the variety and the craft of creating a range of Riesling that represents both region and style. Sourced from some of Australia’s top Riesling regions, (Clare Valley, Eden Valley and Polish Hill River) the Rieslingfreak collection includes expressions of dry, sweet, sparkling and fortified Riesling. A true testament to the versatility of this noble grape and to the commitment of owner and winemaker, John Hughes.

THE WINES

NO 2 POLISH HILL RIVER RIESLING 2022

“Polish Hill River is renowned for producing Riesling of elegance, and the 2022 No. 2 is no exception. Heralded by John and Belinda as perhaps the best No.2 ever produced by Rieslingfreak, the bouquet is awash with aromas of green apple, fresh grapefruit, lilac and jasmine; while the palate bursts with bright citrus notes dancing lithely over a grounded flintlike minerality. The palate is softly slippery and spectacularly elegant with bright natural acidity imparting exceptional length and a clean, crisp finish. Definitely one for the cellar!”

John Hughes

NO 3 CLARE VALLEY RIESLING 2022

“The family vineyard in White Hutt always produces wines of great generosity, and the 2022 No.3 is a uniquely balanced wine that exhibits both richness and delicacy. John and Belinda hold the 2022 No.3 in extremely high esteem, comparing it most favourably with the acclaimed 2017 vintage. The nose is richly seductive with aromas of papaya, neroli and nectarine. The palate is intensely flavoured yet deceptively delicate; with citrus-driven flavours of lemon, mandarin and grapefruit drawn together by a tight acid line that carries through the long, zesty finish. An exceptional Clare Riesling that will drink well on release and reward patient cellaring.” – John Hughes

NO 4 EDEN VALLEY RIESLING 2022

“Eden Valley is renowned for Riesling of elegance, perfume and minerality; and the 2022 No.4 is a classic example of this. The bouquet leaps forth with aromas of white florals, fresh lime and quince. The palate is elegant yet assuredly structured with foundational slate-like minerality running beneath the punchy flavours of lime cordial and white elderberry. The racy natural acidity, which is a hallmark of both the region and the 2022 vintage, runs the length of the palate drawing through to a fine, crisp finish; while the flavours lingering lusciously in the mouth long after the wine has gone. ” – John Hughes

NO 5 CLARE VALLEY OFF DRY RIESLING 2022

“A year like 2022 with an abundance of natural acidity in the grapes, makes it a perfect vintage for exquisitely balanced Off Dry Rieslings; and John has declared that the 2022 No.5 is the best Rieslingfreak No.5 he’s ever made! The bouquet is richly imbued with aromas of Meyer lemon, orange blossom and sweet nectarine, while the lusciously flavoured palate abounds with freshly sliced grapefruit and spiced apple pie. The natural sweetness adds an unctuous richness to the mid-palate, while the driving natural acidity imparts linearity and length with a crisp, clean finish. A fabulous Off Dry Riesling to enjoy now, or put away for the future.” – John Hughes

NO 8 POLISH HILL RIVER SCHATZKAMMER RIESLING 2022

“With an abundance of natural acidity in the grapes, 2022 makes for an exciting vintage for our iconic “Schatzkammer” Riesling. The bouquet is sweetly scented with aromas of orange blossom, passionfruit, fresh lime and floral bush-honey, which carry through onto the lusciously flavoured palate. This wine is low in alcohol with a finely-tuned balance of succulent residual sweetness and tangy natural acidity. The acid drives the length of the palate to a clean, crisp finish – the ultimate hallmark of the very best examples of this unique style of Riesling.” – John Hughes

NO 10 ZENIT CLARE + EDEN RIESLING 2022

“Eden Valley is renowned for Riesling of elegance, perfume and minerality; and the 2022 No.4 is a classic example of this. The bouquet leaps forth with aromas of white florals, fresh lime and quince. The palate is elegant yet assuredly structured with foundational slate-like minerality running beneath the punchy flavours of lime cordial and white elderberry. The racy natural acidity, which is a hallmark of both the region and the 2022 vintage, runs the length of the palate drawing through to a fine, crisp finish; while the flavours lingering lusciously in the mouth long after the wine has gone. ” – John Hughes

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