- Case (Member)
- Clare Valley
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
The use of only the free run juice at crushing has resulted in this wine being intensely flavoured and aromatic, retaining delicacy at the same time. The wine has lifted varietal Riesling character with floral and citrus aromatics of grapefruit, lime and lemon. The palate is seamless with slight viscosity and a brisk acid finish. Riesling wines from the Clare Valley are most enjoyable when both young and zesty, or left to mature beyond five years of age, our 2016 Riesling should fit both spectra with ease. This wine has been sealed with screw cap to ensure its freshness and authenticity. Use as an aperitif or enjoy with any seafood.
- Growing Conditions
In 2016 just the right amount of rain fell at the ideal time for both vine and fruit quality. Additionally, the weather during harvest was cool and dry, leading to what is being described as one of the best vintages ever in the Clare Valley, with high fruit quality and good yields.
- Food Pairing
Use as an aperitif or enjoy with any seafood.
Cellar Talk – Wine of the Week
One of the many outstanding Rieslings coming from Clare’s 2016 vintage. Racy and fine with loads of citrus tang and precision. It’s from a pretty high vineyard in Clare and the result is that fine delicacy and immense power that typify the best wines from the region.
Classic Clare: Tim Adams Clare Valley Riesling 2016 – What a time to be alive
It’s amazing to think that white wine of this calibre still sells for just $22/bottle.
This is classic Clare Riesling too. Intense lime juice on the nose backed by a, tangy, but not hard, limey palate that is surprisingly full given the low alcohol. Lots of mid-palate flesh. Curiously there is a hole in the back end, a flat spot before the citrus acidity kicks in, but that could just be a product of serious youth.
Another solid release. More than solid, this is just archetypal Clare Riesling.
On the road to Riesling
You can eat well on the Riesling Trail, too. Well, not exactly on the trail. Most of the wineries require a slight detour, with only a handful, including Tim Adams Wines (timadamswines.com.au), directly accessed from the trail.
Essentially, the trail is what you make it. It can be physical exercise. It can be an exercise in beauty. It can be an endless cellar door. On a logistical note, the wineries are happy to post any purchases. "Some of our staff will drop it in on their way home from work," says Deb Bowman from Tim Adams Wines. "I’d never suggest taking a bottle on your bike!"
What are your current ‘benchmark’ wines from different regions or of individual varieties in Australia?
"A huge question and I have both a book Australian Wine Vintages and app with the same name available through itunes to help people find them. I list about 160 producers as benchmark with more coming every year. Here’s a few I recommend: Arras and other Tasmanian sparkling wine, Domaine A Coal River Cabernet Sauvignon, Cullen Diana Madeleine, Woodlands Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, Howard Park Abercrombie, Craiglee Sunbury Shiraz, Blue Pyrenees Estate, Bests Bin O Shiraz, Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz, Tim Adams Riesling, Grosset Gaia Cabernet Blend, Seville Estate Old Vine Shiraz, Seville Estate Old Vine Pinot Noir, Sweet wines, Pressing Matters Coal River sweet wines, De Bortoli Noble One. But equal in my mind are the affordable and cellar able Deen Botrytis. Other affordable and cellarable are Gramps Botrytis Semillon and the restaurateurs favorite Lillypilly. Riesling and Semillon under screw cap can age really well and drink really well young. In reds I think regions such as Margaret River, Great Southern, Franklin River and the Porongorups’, Grampians, Adelaide Hills, Mc Laren Vale and Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and Goonawarra offer abundant choices that you can buy with an eye or medium term cellaring and if they remain fresh you can keep them longer."
Always a hot contender in the list of best wines around and under $20.
Sweetly floral, youthful banana perfume, ripe lemon and lime. Fresh and flavoursome, though it’s a more racy iteration of this wine for sure, gentle powdery texture, brisk Granny Smith apple acidity and flavour, and more of the same on a pretty long, but fractionally coarse finish. It’s good now, but it’ll be better in the new year (2017).