- The 2019 growing season in Mount Barker was dry
but mild. It began with one of the driest winters on
record and continued through to harvest with the
exception of some good rainfall in August (169mm)
and an important 48mm in November. Summer was
again dry although with moderate day time
temperatures and few days exceeding 30°C. Some
welcome rain in March (24mm) helped maintain
ripening in our red varieties. The mild temperatures
meant harvest dates were generally a little later
across most varieties especially the whites.
Riesling grapes were picked and sorted by hand.
Several picks ensure optimal ripeness across Block 2.
The grapes are then mostly whole bunch pressed
although a small parcel is destemmed & crushed
before pressing. The juice chilled and cold settled.
Each parcel kept separate and fermented at cool
temperatures to retain as much vitality as possible.
Once alcoholic fermentation was completed, each
parcel is racked off yeast lees, with a component left
on lees for a short period post ferment. Blended,
filtered and bottled in July.
Region: Mount Barker, WA
95 Points - James Halliday
Hand-picked with multiple passes, largely whole-bunch pressed, a small part crushed and pressed, the juice cold-settled and cool-fermented, bottled as soon as possible. For riesling nerds, the titratable acidity is a towering 9g/l, residual sugar 2.2g/l. Rain fell through the growing season exactly when it was needed, the season basically dry. The Meyer lemon, lime and apple zest provide all the fruit background expected.