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 over 26 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 easily deserves a home in a special release wine.
The 2019 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, gentle fining and a single filtration ensures true expression of the delicate Riesling characters with minimal intervention.
Minimal sulphur has been used in the production of this wine
The Skilly Ridge vineyard in the Clare Valley was planted back in 1994 and so impressed Tim Adams that he eventually purchased it and made the estate his home. The fruit from the vineyard has also impressed sufficiently to be bottled as an individual release.
The team used only free-run juice, which was fermented for two weeks at 12 to 14°C with neutral yeast, then a gentle fining and a single filtration. And three cheers for a riesling which sits at just 10.5% alcohol. The colour is a lovely limpid pale yellow/gold. Classic Clare Valley nose. Limes and an array of other citrus notes. Gentle florals. There is an underlying wet stone character and very good acidity here. It really has good length and balance. There is a hint of chalk and talc towards the finish. This is a wine which should age extremely well and improve, going on to even greater heights. A beautiful wine.
An elegant riesling with noteworthy length. There are the barest whispers of development but otherwise this is a citrussy riesling with bath salt and stone aspects as key parts of its personality. Complex it is. Dry too. With a lovely, slatey feel. In short, it’s very good.
Halliday Wine Companion 2021
‘Best of the best by variety’
Dazzling quartz-green, this has a purity and restraint that is in the fountainhead of all great rieslings. It is as much to do with what it doesn’t have (overt acidity, extract, etc) as its many high points. Free-run juice from high quality grapes has its own reward. Part of this wine has been held back for release in 8-10 years time (at a very different price no doubt).
Tim’s magical touch with this sensational variety, too. Open, layered, violet and lime blossom scented and enchanting, this magnificent white is the perfect counterpoint to the heady, luxurious reisling.
October 31, 2019 13:30
So passionate is he at trumpeting Riesling’s credentials, this top-notch Clare Valley vigneron never misses an opportunity to bolster his vineyard holdings. Five years ago, he purchased the prime Skilly Ridge vineyard, being so impressed with its potential. This beaut wine shows his judgment was again absolutely spot on.