If you would like to support the scholarship, and drink some good Riesling, contact John

Email: john@rieslingfreak.com

Phone: 0439 336 250.

The Kicking Goals Scholarship has been developed by John Hughes, to support children living in the Barossa Valley, who have a physical disability.

John, himself, has slight Cerebral Palsy, and has always made the most of life. John has put together this scholarship with the aim of supporting children in year 10, going into years 11 and 12. At the end of year 12, there is further monies to support the children through further education. John will be there to mentor the children, guiding them through studies, with the final goal being employment in their chosen field.

The Kicking Goals Scholarship is currently sponsored by Rieslingfreak, Barossa Quarries and kind donations. Another sponsor is ‘Riesling For Good’. This is a project by a good friend, Peter Grsctii, who has made a 2016 Eden Valley Riesling, and has had it bottled with the support of many local companies.

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The 2017 Vintage, has to be one of the most exciting vintages I have ever seen with Riesling, and I am going as far to say it is the Riesling Vintage of the Century thus far. With a long and cool spring and summer, and the generosity of rain from Mother Nature, the vintage was set for the Riesling vineyards. Riesling is one variety that performs particularly well under cool and wet weather conditions. As a result, we had ample water to the vines creating large canopies, big bunches and big berries – the perfect recipe for great Riesling.

The cool and wet season, resulted in a much later start to harvest than usual. The bonus of this was the grapes were on the vine for an extra 4-5 weeks, providing a longer ripening season with plenty of time for flavour development in the berries while retaining natural acidity. As a result we have ended up with some very refined and delicate Rieslings, nearly as good as what we see coming out of Germany!

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As I pour this wine into my glass, I am engulfed with bright aromas of green apples, perfume of roses, green citrus and kaffir lime leaves. I find myself absorbed by the generosity of aromas, I sit on it for a while before taking my first sip. The first taste takes me to Polish Hill River, where I get the slate and mineral notes, followed by lingering flavours of green apples and a hint of marzipan. As I slowly sit back and enjoy this wine, I know it will be a wine that will reward with cellaring, but at the same time, drinks so well now

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Following the tradition of No.3, the wine shows an abundance of flavour and generosity. Saying this, the wine also displays elegance and finesse. Often this is seen as conflicting, but when you taste this wine, you will see how complementary it is.

The wine takes you on a journey of stone fruits, orange zest and pear, but has some real delicate flavours of green lemons, limes and grapefruits. The wine has an abundance of fruit, which is balanced out by some good natural acid.

It is a wine you can have fine dining, or one that can be enjoyed at home. I find myself drinking this wine anytime after 12 noon, as the generosity of flavours allows me to enjoy the wine by it’s self.

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Rieslingfreak No.3 has retained the tradition of being a fruit driven Riesling. Pale straw in colour, aromas of lemon zest and stone fruit. Flavours of fresh lemon and limes, mandarin, and some stone fruit. The wine has great acid and length. The wine drinks exceptionally well now, but will reward with long term cellaring.

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This year, I had the privilege of making wine from three different vineyards in Eden Valley, each taking me on their own individual journey.

We had the Zander and Mason vineyards making up most the blend, and these vineyards have always been part of the No.4. The vineyards providing great flavours, depth and structure to the wine. I also was lucky enough to come across a vineyard from Milton Tscharke, that has provided good acid back bone to the wine, and some extra elegance.

This Riesling is very luscious and gets you salivating with a very generous aroma and palate. The aromas of sweet spice, ripe lemons and limes, and rose petals invites you into the glass to take your first sip. Flavours of lime cordial, lychee, sweet spice and apples make you salivate for more. The elegance of this wine makes you appreciate what a good Riesling is about, and the only down side being, is when the last bottle leaves the cellar.

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Sitting out side, writing the tasting note for this wine, I sit back in my chair, thinking I could be here all day. A wine with aromas of fresh cut grass, honey dew, green lemons and limes. As the wine enters my mouth, I am seduced by flavours of fresh citrus, orange pith, and the generosity of fruit and sweetness, yet balanced well by the acid. The wine lingers for quite sometime, delaying the need for the second mouthful, but before you know it, the bottle is finished.

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Rieslingfreak No.6 Clare Valley Riesling. Harvested from the family vineyard, on the 19th February, which was about a week earlier than the previous year. The vineyard is situated in the northern part of the Clare Valley, in a sub region called White Hut. Rieslings grown in this unique sub region, produce Riesling that have big and rich fruit flavours. The 2013 being no exception, providing upfront fruit, ripe lemons and limes. Being released at 5 years of age, the wine is starting to show aging notes of butter, biscuit and toast. The wine drinks exceptionally well now, but will reward with long term cellaring.

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Grapes for the No.7 are sourced from the family property, White Hutt, Clare Valley. Harvested at the same time as the No.3, the grapes are fermented to 7-8 baume before being fortified using three year old brandy spirit, and stored in very old oak casks for maturation. The wine was bottled at three years of […]

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Grapes for the No.7 are sourced from the family property, White Hutt, Clare Valley. Harvested at the same time as the No.3, the grapes are fermented to 7-8 baume before being fortified using three year old brandy spirit, and stored in very old oak casks for maturation. The wine was bottled at three years of […]

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Schatzkammer is a cabinet where Germen winemakers store their ‘treasured’ wines, and to me this is my ‘treasured’ wine. This wine is made similar to a German Kabinett style. The wine is low in alcohol (7.0% v/v) and high in acid and sugar.

Looking at this wine, all I see is Polish Hill River. Granny smith apples, fresh cut grass, passionfruit, and the perfume of roses, similar to that of the rose garden in the front of my house.

The sweetness of this wine brings you in, it invites you for the second, third and fourth sip. The low alcohol allows you to enjoy the wine, and entices you to open up the second bottle.

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Schatzkammer is a cabinet where Germen winemakers store their ‘treasured’ wines, and to me this is my ‘treasured’ wine. This wine is made similar to a German Kabinett style. The wine is low in alcohol (7.0% v/v) and high in acid and sugar.

Looking at this wine, all I see is Polish Hill River. Granny smith apples, fresh cut grass, passionfruit, and the perfume of roses, similar to that of the rose garden in the front of my house.

The sweetness of this wine brings you in, it invites you for the second, third and fourth sip. The low alcohol allows you to enjoy the wine, and entices you to open up the second bottle.

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Schatzkammer is a cabinet where Germen winemakers store their ‘treasured’ wines, and to me this is my ‘treasured’ wine. This wine is made similar to a German Kabinett style. The wine is low in alcohol (7.0% v/v) and high in acid and sugar.

Looking at this wine, all I see is Polish Hill River. Granny smith apples, fresh cut grass, passionfruit, and the perfume of roses, similar to that of the rose garden in the front of my house.

The sweetness of this wine brings you in, it invites you for the second, third and fourth sip. The low alcohol allows you to enjoy the wine, and entices you to open up the second bottle.

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This is the inaugural release of the Rieslingfreak No.9 Sekt Clare Valley Riesling. The fruit comes from the family property, situated in the Clare Valley, in the sub region of White Hutt. Harvest in 2014, the grapes were selected from the coolest part of the vineyard, this providing grapes with high natural acidity, and great fruit flavors. The wine has spent two years on lees. Disgorged mid June 2016, the wine captures the balance of great Riesling fruit and the start of yeast autolysis. The wine has 2.5g/L sugar, and combined with fruit flavor is a well balance dry sparkling. The wine drinks exceptionally well now, but will reward with long term cellaring

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Zenit is the German word for Zenith, meaning pinnacle. This wine is a blend of Clare Valley (50%), Eden Valley (40%) and Polish Hill River (10%). The wine came into being as Belinda and I were putting together our ‘wedding wine’ – a bespoke blend just to be served on our wedding day. We had all the 2017 Rieslingfreak Rieslings on the tasting bench, and came up with a blend that stopped us in our tracks – this wine had a serious ‘wow’ factor for both of us! Belinda then came up with the idea of sharing this remarkable wine with the world as Rieslingfreak No.10.

Drinking this wine, I find myself always taken to another place. A place of elegance and finesse; a place I want to be. I suppose similar to a marriage, where you are with someone special; I find this wine, once I get hold of it, is just so difficult to let go. The wine has a rich and intense bouquet that evokes all the regions; stone fruit and citrus from Clare, sweet spice from Eden Valley and green apple from Polish Hill River. The palate is generous, yet refined; orange zest, slate, minerals, sweet spice, zesty citrus and salivating acid. The only problem with this wine, is one bottle is just not enough, and it is not available in magnums!

A maximum of six (6) bottles of 2017 Rieslingfreak No.10  will supplied per customer.

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