2013 Drs Cut Reserve Riesling
Polish Hill River
Two heart surgeons from Adelaide own the Doctors' Vineyard in the Polish Hill River. Grey loam soils over sandstone and slate make up the profile with the top soil littered with rock; hinting at just how tough the vines need to be to sustain growth and produce quality fruit. Polish Hill River is ideal for this style with its high perfume and minerality. This original 41 year old Riesling planting was always destined for something special.
Fruit is harvested in the cool of the night, de-stemmed, crushed and the must is held on skins for 24 hours. The juice is then drained and gently pressed resulting in a fine free-run cut and a pressings component, kept separately in stainless steel tanks. Adopting a European style of winemaking, this wine is fermented on ‘full solids’, using a natural yeast flora present in the vineyard. A cool, temperature controlled fermentation is carried out over 10-14 days. Weekly lees stirring over 6 months adds another layer of complexity and texture to this ‘Reserve’ style Riesling The wine is then chilled and filtered prior to bottling.
pH 3.10 TA 6.58 ALC 11.6%
Nick Walker, David O'Leary
Pale straw in colour with a slight green tinge
Powerful purity of lime, lemon with hints of musk and fennel
A wine having "Bose" like purity and intensity, with many textured layers of complexity and a myriad of spice interwoven with fennel and citrus
A perfect accompaniment to fresh seafood or spicy chicken
Vibrant, flavoursome yet lean when young, careful cellaring for 8-10 years