Crawford River
Riesling ‘Young Vines’ 2018
Henty, Victoria

$32.00

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Style: White: Open, generous and ready.

Producer: Crawford River

Region: Henty, Victoria

Grape: Riesling 100%

Vintage: 2018

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 wine is produced from the grapes of 2 vineyard plantings of younger Riesling. Most of the fruit is from a vineyard planted in 2000 and the remainder from 20 rows planted in 2010. This wine is the most open and ready to drink of the Rieslings produced at Crawford River. Although, I have tasted many with age and they too benefit from some time in bottle. Ripe citrus turns to golden apple and stone fruits on the nose. There’s a nice savoury element there too. Chalk. The palate has great shape and texture. Fruit upfront before and long line of acidity and flavour.

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.

Description

Review

Style: White: Open, generous and ready.

Producer: Crawford River

Region: Henty, Victoria

Grape: Riesling 100%

Vintage: 2018

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 wine is produced from the grapes of 2 vineyard plantings of younger Riesling. Most of the fruit is from a vineyard planted in 2000 and the remainder from 20 rows planted in 2010. This wine is the most open and ready to drink of the Rieslings produced at Crawford River. Although, I have tasted many with age and they too benefit from some time in bottle. Ripe citrus turns to golden apple and stone fruits on the nose. There’s a nice savoury element there too. Chalk. The palate has great shape and texture. Fruit upfront before and long line of acidity and flavour.

Sebastian Crowther MS