A well-measured 2018 season in Watervale; good winter rains set the vines off to a nice budburst and canopy development. Warm and dry spring and summer did not worry the vines, and they maintained good canopy condition right through to harvest with no sunburn problems. An excellent harvest of above-average yield and optimum maturity.
Following on from the 2017 vintage the Vickery Watervale Riesling was again sourced from two blocks (Hayshed and Block 1) of the Castine property, as well as a parcel each from the ‘W5’ and ‘G6’ blocks of the Koerner family vineyard. Picking occurred in the early hours of the 25th February with fruit taken immediately to Watervale for pressing; avoiding extended skin contact. Stainless steel fermentation took place at our Barossa winery where all the parcels were kept separate until the final blending.
Colour: Bright and light golden straw with a vibrant green tint.
Aroma: A balance between restraint and power; lovely fresh and waxy lemon citrus with underlying creaminess, bright and pretty Riesling florals.
Palate: Fresh and lively creamy citrus with obvious minerality. Textural and expansive flavour profile of pure Riesling fruit that finishes with a lovely focus and precision.
Food Match: Flathead fillets fried in butter, with a lemon wedge and thick-cut chips
Cellaring: As with all Vickery Rieslings, this wine will be bright and fresh in its youth and will reward careful cellaring for 7 - 10 years.