About Wakefield 2019 Riesling Estate, Clare Valley
The picturesque Clare Valley's winemaking history spans more than 150 years, making it one of Australia's oldest wine-producing regions. It has also been described as one of the prettiest in Australia with rolling hills and sweeping gullies. The unique combination of geography, geology and climate results in terroir that is perfect for producing world-class wine.
In 1969, after a considerable search, the Taylor family found a promising 424 acre site by the Wakefield River in the Clare Valley. They were certain the soil – red brown loam over limestone (now called terra rossa) – would prove conducive to crafting wines of the highest quality. The contrast of warm days and cool nights in the Clare would be equally beneficial – helping the grapes ripen in the day, and allowing the vines to rest at night.
This site has proven to be ideal for growing Riesling at higher altitudes. The grapes were harvested from a selection of vineyards at the southern end of the Clare Valley where the vineyards range from 950 to 1100 feet. The juice was extracted using gentle whole berry pressing to protect the delicate fruit flavors and prevent any extraction of course phenolic character. The juice was allowed to cold settle for 24 hrs before being racked off gross lees. A cool fermentation was carried out in stainless steel vessels.
This wine shows a bright, vibrant clarity. It displays lifted fresh and vibrant aromas. Lemon and lime citrus characters abound, followed by layers of subtle blossom and enticing floral nuances. On the palate it has intense citrus fruit character of fresh lemon and lime along with hints of orange blossom. The finish is crisp and resonates with citrus fruit - hall-marks of a great Clare Valley Riesling.
This wine has won numerous awards including A Gold Medal in the 2020 International Women's Wine Competition, a Gold Medal in the 2020 China Wine & Spirit Awards 2020 and a Silver Medal in the 2019 Dan Berger International Wine Competition.