Murrumbateman’s cool, continental climate and decomposed granite soils are perfect for Riesling. We have been growing and making Riesling for forty years and we have no doubt the variety is Canberra’s great white grape.
2011 was cool and punctuated by regular rainfall.
This Riesling shows fine, floral perfume with ripe apple notes and a hint of aniseed. A crisp, zesty palate with plenty of mineral acids. Really fresh.
Drink now for its freshness and perfume or cellar for 6-12 years and watch it develop honey and toast characters with age.
Pale straw-green; a floral bouquet of apple blosom and spice
"right up there with the best of them"
yields to a palate with great drive to its lime juice flavours that last long after the wine is swallowed. Right up there with the best of them. 96
James Halliday's Top 100 NSW Wines 2011
Clonakilla riesling does not get a lot of attention but it is one of the estate’s best wines.
This release has a lovely lilt to it – especially once it’s had some air. It tastes of pulpy, sweet, red and green apples with drives of lime running through the finish.
"exquisite purity and elegance"
Tart acidity but sweet fruit, and married nicely together. Exquisite purity and elegance. Riesling to its back teeth. It needs to settle down a little but I’d still think that it will be at its best as a young wine. You could win people over to riesling with this wine. 92
Campbell Mattinson, Winefront, August 16, 2011
The cool 2011 vintage has blessed the Kirks with some of their finest riesling fruit yet.
"pink lady apple, lemon blossom, fresh lime air"
Precise, pretty, and long-lived, with a pink lady apple, lemon blossom, fresh lime air and a fine-boned, structured, taut palate of soft, graphite-like minerality. 94
Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste, August 11, 2011
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