In 1923 our block was excised from a large grazing property, because of concerns that sparks from steam locomotives on the new Clare Valley railway could start bushfires.
Planted in 1926, and situated on the western slopes of the valley, our grapes are grown using traditional dryland viticulture with no systemic sprays or fertilizers.
The growing season was mild, after good winter rains, and timely rains during the growing season. Our Riesling comes from young Geisenheim clone vines, with a dripper for stress relief, and 40 year old dry grown vines. Yields were low, and small berries yielded flavour packed juice. This shows in the wine, which is really an expression of the grape flavours – in this wine it is very obvious. Lemon, lime and delicate floral characters. Typical of a very good vintage in Watervale.The wine was very tight for the first year in bottle, but has now opened up, and is showing the characters of a lovely dry Watervale Riesling. Made by Nick Walker and David O’Leary.Similar in style to the magnificent 1997. Lovely now, assured of a long future. Bottled with a screw cap.
Appearance: Pale straw in colour. This will darken over 5 – 10 years as the wine develops
Taste: Lemon, lime and delicate floral flavours on nose are joined by a hint of minerality on the middle palate. The finish is long, smooth and dry.
Food: oysters, blue swimmer (sand) crabs, chicken