Murrumbateman’s cool, continental climate and decomposed granite soils are perfectly suited to Riesling. The 2017 vintage was built on the wettest winter and early spring that any of us can remember, followed by a beautiful warm and dry summer. We picked generous crops of perfectly ripened grapes. Drink now for its pristine floral, citrus-edged fruit or cellar for up to 15 years and watch it develop lime and toast characters with age.
Fresh, youthful, restrained aromas of white pepper and other spices over lemon and citrus palate flavours. The wine is
crisp and alive in the mouth with freshness and tang
promising to reward even a few months more in the bottle. It’s a baby. Very good potential. Drink 2019 to 2030
Canberra riesling is on the ascendancy, and Clonakilla is a key exponent.
Such an enjoyable riesling to drink. No minor thing. It tastes of lime and candied lemon, slate and red apple,
the flow of flavour both elegant and satisfying
That hint of candied/sweet character sits beautifully with the drier, more slate-like aspects. Excellent tang to the finish too. It impresses but mostly it just tastes good. Buy.
Clonakilla is renowned for the consistent quality of its benchmark shiraz viognier, but the Murrumbateman winery is also building a solid reputation for the reliability of its outstanding riesling.
For several vintages now Clonakilla has offered a serious challenge to the supremacy of the Clare Valley for top-notch rieslings. This is particularly fresh and zingy with
lovely florals and bright citrus flavours
ranging from lemon/lime to grapefruit. Throw in some bright natural acidity and tremendous length and you have a dry riesling of real appeal. This will also develop deliciously if you have patience.