Crawford River
Riesling Reserve 2008
Henty, Victoria

$95.00

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Style: White: Dense, powerful, showing some development.

Producer: Crawford River

Region: Henty, Victoria

Grape: Riesling 100%

Vintage: 2008

Soil: Gravelly, friable, basalt loam overlays  permeable clay which in turn lies above a limestone base.

Farming: Organic

Oak: Stainless Steel

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Riesling Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 12 – 14°C

The Wine: This is not a re-release, rather it is held at the winery until it has entered the perfect drinking window. The ‘Reserve’ is only made in the best vintages from a select few rows in the oldest block. The first vintage was 1999. While still fresh and vibrant, it is starting to show the first signs of maturity with a little toasty and nuttiness appearing on the edges. The core is packed with dense fruits of red, green apple, fruit blossoms and citrus oils. The palate has great structure. Certainly one of the best examples of Australian Riesling that will continue to reward with further cellaring.

Sebastian Crowther MS

Producer Profile

John and Catherine Thomson planted the vineyard in 1975 at Crawford River, in far south-west Victoria. They were inspired by its potential to produce superior quality grapes after researching & experiencing many grape growing areas of the world. It was a relatively unexplored wine growing region and indeed remains merely a blot on the canvas. Although the area is now known as the GI of Henty. Presiding over gently undulating grazing lands with sprawling forests in the distance, Crawford River has paved the way for the industry in what is traditionally a wool, beef and dairy region. The winery atop the hill and the vineyard hugging the slope nestled in the midst of a large sheep and cattle station that John’s great-grandfather settled in 1884.
Since the initial plantings in the mid 1970 ́s, there have been 2 more small plantings. Believing in the fine quality of the Semillon included in the original plantings, John and Catherine added another 0.7 Ha of the variety in the early 1990 ́s.

In 2000, another block of Riesling & Cabernet was added, which now produces the Young Vines Riesling & Rose wines. The cool southerly latitude together with the maritime environment, complex soil structure and favourable micro-climate create a terroir which has justified the initial vision.

Belinda Thomson, elder daughter of John and Catherine, returned home at the end of 2004 after completing her studies in Oenology and Viticulture and pursuing several vintages in various European locations. As of 2014 she has found her way home to be dedicated full time to the family team.

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Review

Style: White: Dense, powerful, showing some development.

Producer: Crawford River

Region: Henty, Victoria

Grape: Riesling 100%

Vintage: 2008

Soil: Gravelly, friable, basalt loam overlays  permeable clay which in turn lies above a limestone base.

Farming: Organic

Oak: Stainless Steel

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Riesling Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 12 – 14°C

The Wine: This is not a re-release, rather it is held at the winery until it has entered the perfect drinking window. The ‘Reserve’ is only made in the best vintages from a select few rows in the oldest block. The first vintage was 1999. While still fresh and vibrant, it is starting to show the first signs of maturity with a little toasty and nuttiness appearing on the edges. The core is packed with dense fruits of red, green apple, fruit blossoms and citrus oils. The palate has great structure. Certainly one of the best examples of Australian Riesling that will continue to reward with further cellaring.

Sebastian Crowther MS