Apple, lime and slate aromas; a beautifully structured and focused palate, the flavour flowing on evenly from the bouquet; thoroughly impressive line and length. 95 points, James Halliday (winecompanion.com.au).
…in scintillating form, full of piercing intent. Bright and crisp, it smells of slate and lime juice – really pure and focused. Intense fresh acidity runs straight through the palate, finishing with lip-smacking flavour and wet mineral cut. 94 points, Nick Stock, Good Australian Wine Guide 2009.
The Clare ValleyThe Clare Valley is located two hours north of Adelaide in the Mount Lofty ranges. The region was settled by John Horrocks who encouraged his servant James Green to plant the first vines in 1842. Climate in the Clare Valley is continental with hot summers, cold winters and low rainfall that necessitates supplementary irrigation. Soils in the valley are predominantly red brown loams over shale, permitting excellent drainage. Many of the best vineyards are located at higher elevations of 400-500m on sites that take advantage of the cool breezes that funnel up the corrugation of hills from the south. The Clare Valley is renowned for its zesty fruit-pure Rieslings particularly from the sub-regions of Polish Hill and Watervale. The region also produces intense age-worthy sturdy reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.