Region: Clare Valley
Bottle size: 750 mL
The Skilly Ridge vineyard, planted by the Ingham family in 1994 produces an array of exciting varietal characteristics from each of the different planted varieties. Much thought was given to where each variety would be planted, and this saw the Riesling block thrive on a mixture of clay, loam and shale with an ideal easterly aspect.
For nearly 30 years, this vineyard has been meticulously cared for, attention being paid to shoot positioning, sun exposure and ideal canopy size. This careful management has produced fruit that earns a home in a special release wine.
The 2020 Skilly Ridge Riesling has floral and citrus aromatics and a seamless palate with a richness of flavour built from the dry ripening conditions of the vintage. Produced using only free-run juice, fruit flavours are kept pure and the resultant wine mirrors the berries tasted in the vineyard at harvest.
This wine is enjoyable with or without food and will develop gracefully for up to 15 years.
Only free-run juice was used to make this premium Clare Valley Riesling, ensuring astringent characters were avoided.
Harvested in the crisp early morning, the fruit was immediately crushed, chilled, de-juiced and then traditionally clarified. The individual parcel of Riesling was fermented for two weeks at 12–140C using aromatic, but neutral cultured yeast.
Cold settling, extended time on lees and a single filtration ensures true expression of the delicate Riesling characters with minimal intervention, made in the most natural way. Minimal sulphur has been used in the production of this wine.
It is important to note that although the beginning of the growing season was quite hot, and remained very dry throughout summer, the months of January, February and March 2020 were cooler than the long-term average, leading to higher than normal natural acidity retention in the fruit at harvest. The winemakers commented that; “the 2020 wines generally have a robust natural acid backbone which will see them age well in coming years. The Rieslings in particular have this ‘uniquely Clare’ acidity, showing beautiful juicy, mouth-watering varietal flavour.”