Made From Vines That The Ellis Family Planted In The 1970s In The Derwent Valley Combined With More Recently Planted German Riesling Clones, The Fruit For This Classic Tassie Riesling Was Handpicked And Naturally Fermented With 60% Going Into Stainless Steel And The Remaining 40% Being Fermented In Wood. Both Parcels Were Matured On Their Lees For Three Months Before Blending And Bottling Without Fining And The Result Is A Dry Wine With Superb Texture, Citrus Notes And Refreshing Acidity.
Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed wild-fermented, 4 months on lees, 50% in stainless steel, 50% in used French barriques. One of those wines you can see out of the corner of your (oenological) eye just as you are about to move on, for it has a veritable peacock's tail finish, expanding dramatically with the intensity of its lime juice fruit.
95 points, Wine Companion (February 2020)
Jasmine, vanilla, talc, a stony crushed rock thing, apple and rambutan, or something like that. It’s juicy and just off dry, fine chalky texture lending grip, soft but sure acidity, and very long finish trailing with perfume, white rice and sweet green apple. What a delight, and it’s very good to drink right now. Why wait?
95 points, The Wine Front (December 2019)
Very light-yellow hue. Very subtle flowery aromas, slightly yeasty in a clean and attractive way. There is good lemony citrus flavour on the palate. A smidgin of sweetness elevates the flavour. Acid is lively and in balance. The finish is clean and dry assisted by a trace of grip. A very good wine.
92 points, The Real Review (June 2020)
Planted in 1974 at Glenora, near the top end of the Derwent River, Gerald and Sue Ellis purchased Meadowbank in 1976 and have, over the years expanded the vineyard to its present 42ha. And while some good wines were made over the years under the label, most of the fruit was contracted to Accolade with some of it going to Bay of Fires where Peter Dredge was establishing a name for himself as one of Australia’s best young winemakers. Dredge left Accolade in 2015 to both consult and begin his own Dr Edge brand and Gerald Ellis wasted no time seeing if Peter would be interested in both becoming a partner and the winemaker at Meadowbank. The rest, as they say, is history and the numerous golds and trophies at wines shows around the country are testament to just how good these wines are now.