2017 Skilly Ridge Riesling
- Clare Valley
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- The Canberra International Riesling Challenge - Elite Gold - 96 points
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 25 years, this vineyard has been meticulously cared for, attention being paid to shoot positioning, sun exposure and ideal canopy size. The fruit shows intense lemon, grapefruit and blossom aromas and flavours with a focussed line of minerality and acidity, yet retains delicacy and purity for an enjoyable finish. This fruit easily deserves a home in a special release wine, holding a place close to our hearts.
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 can be kept to develop gracefully for up to 15 years.
- Winemaking Notes
Only free-run juice was used to make this premium Clare Valley Riesling, ensuring astringent characters were kept to a minimum.
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, fining and a single filtration ensures true expression of the delicate Riesling characters.
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The bouquet is hauntingly beautiful, evoking lifted aromas of fresh flowers, talc and citrus blossoms. It’s similarly intense and captivating in the mouth, where it’s crisp and penetrating, bursting with vitality. The alcohol is low, which is very much the Adams house style. (Screw-cap)
Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view Huon’s original tasting
Ageing: drink now to 11 years
Food: Pan-fried flathead fillets
Ranked: #6 of 58 2017 Riesling from Clare Valley
Awarded: Top Rank
Stockists: Tim Adams Wines; Purvis Wine Cellars, Surrey Hills – Vic; Winestock – NSW (AU distributor for NSW); Hancocks, Grey Lynn (NZ distributor)
From a new Limited Release range.
Excellent wine. Well flavoured and yet powerfully dry and long. Slate, slate and more slate, doused in lime juice, prettied by florals and spice. Hits of citrus rind too. Poised and intense.
Rated : 94 Points
Alcohol : 11.5%
Price : $29
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 – 2026+
As I was tasting this utterly delicious riesling, what struck me most was how different it was in terms of flavours to the standard Tim Adams’ rieslings
I’m used to drinking. Still hailing from the iconic Clare Valley, it is sourced from a single vineyard only. The flavours lean more toward the grapefruit-lime
juice end of the spectrum while retaining the Clare’s signature texture and acidity. It drinks beautifully now for those that like fruit-driven rieslings but will age well if cellared carefully.