This wine has a great presence in my cellar and is a riesling I love rushing into each year. It’s a wine that seems to pick up a lot more intensity of flavour amongst regional peers, though recently single vineyard wines from Capital Wines have seemed to find a similar trait.
That kind of intensity I usually see in warmer regions, but hey, something about these vineyards. Whoosh. The wet stone and floral perfume really plays second fiddle to the incredible inward concentration of this wine. It’s pithy, limey, juicy but coiled up in a
scintillating thrust of laser-like intensity
that shifts across the palate with great velocity. Epee-thrusts of a fencer, with the cut of finely wrought steel, complete with filigree on the hilt. It’s an acid driven wine, no doubt, almost too tight now, but drinkability is there for those seeking that salivating expression. Fantastic wine, and should cellar slowly and beautifully. 94+ Points
The first of Canberra’s 2015 vintage whites flowing onto the market gives us an opportunity to judge the merits of a much-loved season. As the last of the grapes rolled in earlier this year, Ken Helm declared, “The 2015 has outdone even 2013. It ticked every box and is the best across all varieties”. And Clonakilla’s Tim Kirk wrote of “perfect ripening conditions”. Kirk’s 2015 riesling could be
the finest of the 40 vintages made to date
Very young rieslings tend not to reveal all their fruit flavours and take many months, sometimes years, to flourish. However, the 2015 already reveals great purity and intensity. It’s clearly of gold-medal standard now even though its best drinking lies in future. 96 points
The Canberra district remains under-rated for riesling despite the sterling efforts of a few key producers. This wine may set a new standard for the region.
It’s as pure as the driven snow
The classic regional lemon sherbet aroma wafts from the glass and the palate is long and precise, delivering a marvellous acid-driven finish. ★★★★★