Color, nose and palate
The bouquet reveals toast and lemon curd, ginger and wet slate; the palate is generous and sweet-fruited with vibrancy and complexity all playing key roles; long and luscious finish.
Food recommendation: Wonderful with shellfish, the acidity of the wine also pairs well with oily fish such as salmon.
Cellaring potential: This wine has the line and length to age for a decade or more.
480 in stock
The Single vineyard that supplies the grapes for the acclaimed McNicol Riesling may be the prettiest in all of the Clare Valley. It lies on the side of a steep hill rich in quartzite, with views of Sevenhill and Watervale beyond. Kangaroos hop around the organically dry grown vines.
Irrigation is a convenience, not a necessity and dry grown grapes can offer great depth. Think of them as vines that have to work of a living, rather than having it all handed to them. They just have more character. This vineyard has never been irrigated and neither herbicides nor pesticides have been used.
The McNicol Riesling is simply too powerful to be released in its youth and needs time in the cellar. It sees age in old oak barrels and maintained lees contact before bottling to mellow the wine and offset its power. A pleasing minerality compliments the citrus and spice character. The most recognizable trait is the amazing long finish and this hints at a long life in the cellar for those bottles that are not sacrificed early. Even in our most productive years, we only manage 250 cases of this very special wine.