2018 was a winemakers vintage, a drier season
with the wines showing more concentrated flavours.
2018 Rieslingfreak Release
The Rieslingfreak 2018 release is here! With the great success of the 2017 vintage, the wines sold out faster than any of our previous releases. And though 2017 was an extraordinary vintage, we’re more than a little happy with the wines from 2018.
After the latent cool of 2017, this year’s season was somewhat warmer, somewhat earlier and quite dry. It was a very condensed vintage, with the Clare, Polish Hill River and the Eden Valley vineyards all harvested over a 15- day period. Fortunately, all the vineyards we work with had adequate water reserves and avoided any poten- tial stress issues. The conditions meant that we were able to harvest pristinely healthy fruit at lower potential alcohol than usual, with beautiful flavours and good acid retention.
The drier weather conditions mean the 2018 wines are in more of a fruit-driven style, but early harvesting and the gentlest of hands at the press has ensured wines of great regional/site clarity and effortless purity – with the 2018 No.8 standing out as the best that we’ve made to date. A different year to 2017– as it should be – with wines that are more generous in fruit and more approachable with or without food.
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This is a typical No.2, showing classic flinty green apple notes. This year, being a warmer vintage, there are also tropical and pear hints, while the wine still reflects the characteristic purity of the sub-region.
Eden Valley was a great surprise in 2018. Normally harvested three weeks after the Clare Vineyards, the Eden Valley vineyard was harvested one day before Clare. With the fruit flavours and acid balance present in the fruit, there was no reason to leave the berries on the vine. A fine, elegant and very balanced wine, with all the hallmark Eden Valley brown citrus and sweet spice.
With an off-dry style, it is very important to get the balance of acid, sugar and fruit correct. Harvested early, from the family property, the 2018 No.5 is a fruit-driven wine with 14g/L sugar, which is balanced well with the acid, and the generosity of fruit harmonises the wine nicely.
For this wine, each year we source from a few rows that are planted east/west in the Jaeschke Vineyard. This is definitely our best No.8 yet. Harvested nice and early at 9.2 Baume, we finished with wine that is only 6.0% abv, with 58g/L sugar and 10.2g/L acid. The balance of this wine is amazing, and probably John’s wine of the vintage.
Last year was the first vintage of the ‘Zenit’, the German word for zenith. This was originally made as John and Belinda’s wedding wine, but now it is made as a wine that we believe best represents the vintage. John and Belinda assess each individual vineyard block to make the best assemblage possible. This year’s blend is 70% Eden Valley and 30% Clare Valley.
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.
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
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 […]