This is archetypal. Quintessential. Classic. A taut thread of lime juice, grapefruit and candied lemon zest woven by a spindle of pumice, slate and bright acidity. Transparent. A flowing stream of flavour. Inimitably Clare. This will fill out with bottle age.
94 points, Wine Companion (March 2020)
Lime and lavender, a little earth and spice. It packs flavour and intensity, mixed citrus, something like thyme as a herbal counterpoint, crunch and grip, a primal rumbling intensity, lemon zest and spice on a good crunchy finish. It’s good and interesting.
93 points, The Wine Front (January 2020)
Lemon flesh yellow colour, showing some development. A compelling nose - all kinds of citrus rind, with a germanic honeyed character and a faint seam of nettle and herbs. More lemon soda than pure, fresh juice; though that's the vintage and this is more intense than most. Quality.
94 points, The Real Review (March 2020)
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.