Rieslingfreak No 10 Zenit Riesling, Clare-Eden Valley
Rieslingfreak No.10 is a blend of vineyards and regions. Originating in 2017, Rieslingfreak No.10 was discovered by chance. This wine was made, whilst John and Belinda were creating their ‘wedding wine’. Coming up with their wedding blend, a ‘wow’ factor was had by both, when they discovered a multi-regional blend was the wine of choice. After drinking a bottle, Belinda came up with the idea of Rieslingfreak No.10. This Riesling is now made as the wine, in which they believe best reflects the vintage.
'70% of the fruit comes from the Eden Valley, 30% from the Clare Valley. The first release of Zenit (German for zenith), its delicacy belies its power, such is its purity and balance. It is bone dry, but leaves plenty of flavour in the mouth after it has been swallowed.'
96 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion, September 2018.
'Representing the best fruit of the season, this Riesling is made from grapes sourced from the Eden and Clare Valleys, blended in a 70/30 proportion, to create a long-term cellaring wine. Pristine floral and citrus scents, and a long, fine, intense palate. Stunning.'
95 points, Toni Paterson, The Real Review, August 2018.
Rieslingfreak was founded by winemaker John Hughes.
The inaugural vintage was 2009 with a single vineyard Clare Valley Riesling. After that, the Rieslingfreak portfolio expanded to include the Eden Valley and Polish Hill River regions, showing dry, off-dry, Kabinett, sparkling and fortified styles. Each wine is given a number to denote region and style.
John Hughes, Rieslingfreak
In 2016, John was a Young Gun of Wine finalist. He followed that with a clean sweep of the 2017 Royal Sydney Wine Show, winning five trophies–including Best in Show, the first time a Riesling had taken the gong since 2003. After a lifetime in the vineyard and eight years of graft, John Hughes became an overnight success. John is now considered to be amongst the great Riesling makers in Australia, taking the wine to new audiences and raising the standard for the industry.