Our fifth release from Whitlands, and a very strong one at that. The Croucher Vineyard is set at close spacing on red volcanic soils, up at around 800m above sea level, and was planted in the mid-1980s. It is proper cool-climate viticulture - something I think Riesling really needs to give full expression. 2019 was another warm year but slightly cooler than 2018. We reverted back to a higher amount of oak fermentation (1000lt foudre) chasing texture and softness to counter the everpresent acidity this site delivers. A more compact, muscular and tense rendition, with some generous tropical fruit woven through the phenolic grip. Characteristic ripe lemon and tonic water flavours are all there, and sugar supports the fruit well at around 8g/l. This should unravel very slowly I think.
"Some (bright) colour pickup suggests good fruit flavours, and so it has. Acidity, the result of the vineyard's 800m elevation, is balanced by residual sugar. It's an easy wine to enjoy." James Halliday, 94 points, Wne Companion
"Riesling from the close-planted Croucher vineyard at Whitlands in the upper reaches of the King Valley.
Wow the is in a beautiful drinking place. It’s an off-dry style with the requisite complementary acidity and excellent flavour to boot. Orange blossom and mandarin juice, general citrus, an autumn leaf aspect and whispers of roses. A few years in bottle have helped promote a mellow, seamless feel but truth is that the flavours here still have kick and energy." - Campbell Mattinson, 92 points, The Wine Front
Vine Age 30 yrs
Total Acidity 7.8g/l
150 dozen produced
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