2023 Alpha Box & Dice Very Special Clare Valley Riesling
Auburn, Clare Valley
Nose: Lime blossom, jasmine and grapefruit. Palate
Steely yet generous with plenty of fruit fleshing out the tight palate and touch of texture balancing the scales.
Pair: Oysters, whole baked fish or a light crunchy noodle salad
Winemaking: Harvested at night. 100% destemmed and gently pressed to stainless for settling. Fermented at very cool temperatures for 2 months until dry. No MLF.
Vineyard: Auburn, Clare Valley GM198 Clone planted on own roots in 2002 460m -
470m Elevation, N aspect, Clay loam over granite, VSP spur pruned
"Riesling is the gift of the gods to the grape world. It doesn't matter whether it's sweet like honey or as sharp as cracked whip, Riesling is where it's at. I absolutely adore the dry style that Clare does oh-so-beautifully. So we found my favourite clone grown on a stunning site outside of Auburn, fermented it at the usual cold temperatures yet let it go dry. Think lime blossoms, pretty white flowers and a zesty acidity all fleshed out with a succulent core of fruit Delish!"
~ Sam Berketa, Head Winemaker