Rieslingfreak source grapes from a number of different vineyards. These vineyards play a vital role in the Rieslingfreak portfolio. Each individual vineyard is hand selected for the Rieslingfreak Rieslings. The aim of Rieslingfreak is to provide a range of Rieslings, representing both region and style. It is therefore important the selection of these vineyards have the classic attributes for each of the Rieslingfreak labels.
Rieslingfreak No.3, No.5 and No.7
These Rieslings are all selected from the family vineyard, in the Clare Valley. The vineyard is situated just north of the Clare township, in a sub region called White Hut. The vineyard is in it’s own very unique microclimate. Situated on the flats, in the middle of a valley. The vineyard is planted on heavy loam and red terra rosa soil. It is situated 500m above sea level, with an average rainfall of 550mm. The positioning of the vineyard, sees strong winds, however this is very useful when it comes to disease management. The vineyard contains five individual Riesling vineyards, and two different clones of Riesling. This allows me to hand select the grapes for the individual labels, ensuring each label is different, and truly represent both style and region. Vineyards in the White Hut region have a ‘hallmark’ of producing Rieslings that have big and rich fruit flavours.
Fruit for the Eden Valley Riesling is sourced from two vineyards situated between Eden Valley and Flaxman’s Valley. One Riesling vineyard is owned by Michael Mason, situated approximately 3kms north-west of the Eden Valley township. The vineyard is planted on shallow grey sandy loam over shale rock soil, and situated 450m above sea level. The average yearly rainfall is 700mm. The other vineyard is owned by Ben Zander, who is a grower for many well known and regarded Eden Valley Rieslings. The Zander vineyard is situated in Flaxman’s Valley 500m above sea level, soils loam over light medium clay, with high quartz rock and gravel content. The vineyard has a rainfall of approximately 650mm per year.
No.8 is sourced from Hill River Vineyards, which were acquired from Penfolds a number of years ago. The vineyard is situated in the sub region of Polish Hill River, approximately 5kms south-east of the Clare township. The vineyard is planted on grey brown loam, over sandy limestone and shale rock and planted 460m above sea level. The average rainfall is 625mm.
No.8 is a German Kabinett style. The vineyard was hand selected due to its reputation of producing refined Rieslings. The vineyard has access to large amounts of water. The vine canopy’s are big, the vines produce big bunches and large berries, perfect for this style of wine.