A.T.Richardson Hard Hill Road Writer’s Block Riesling Grampians
The highest, most exposed ridge in vineyard inspires Eva (Adam’s wife), who is a writer. Harvested later than the Chockstone Riesling resulting in a crisp structure and layers of subtle flavours. Nine months on lees in ten-year-old French barriques lend a softness and inviting textural element.
Now here's a riesling that immediately captures all the taster's senses, clearing a path for the intense lime/lemon flavours to follow. The wine increases its tactile power on the finish and very long aftertaste. The writer is Adam Richardson's wife Eva, who no longer has writer's block.
97 points, Wine Companion (December 2019)
The GrampiansLocated in western Central Victoria, the Grampians was settled during the gold rush of the 1850’s. Indeed the vivid history of the gold rush is inextricably intertwined with the history of viticulture in the region. Seppelt at Great Western, one of the region’s iconic wineries was built at the end of the gold rush when scores of out-of-work prospectors excavated its extensive drives and cellars. The "drives" completed in 1932, stretch for three kilometres and provide perfect conditions for the maturation of sparkling wine, for which the region is well-known. The climate of the Grampians is Mediterranean and essentially cool with vineyards situated at elevations ranging from 240 to 350m. The region experiences long sunshine hours and low rainfall necessitating supplementary irrigation. Soils in the region range from weathered volcanic soils to sandy and red clay loams interspersed with ironstone. The region is suited to a diverse range of varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon but is best known for its crisp fruity Riesling and distinctive spicy peppery Shiraz.