Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling 2017 (Clare Valley)
The Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling 2017 vintage is a bright delicate fragrant dry wine. The aroma has abundant citrus blossom with hints of spice and tropical highlights.
The palate has searing acidity, ripe apples and lemon-lime intensity and finishes with sweet fruit and chalk.
Crisp and focussed, the 2017 Hanlin Hill is a wonderful drink now wine and will age gracefully for many decades, a testament to the great Hanlin Hill Vineyard in a truly memorably great Riesling year.
"Petaluma’s Hanlin Hill Riesling was, for a long time, a staple.
It’s always had a different personality. Or different to the mainstay of Care Valley riesling. The flavours are more intense, more generous, more welcoming in their youth. Riper, oftentimes. This is in that vein; you would call it mouthfilling. Ripe lime and general citrus notes (including mandarin), a textural element, a sheer drinking deliciousness, and a reasonably sustained finish."
92 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, August 2018, Drink: 2018 - 2024+
SOLD OUT - Petaluma Hanlin Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2018 vintage is now available here.
The winter of 2016 was incredibly wet and the spring that followed was a record-breaker, with enormous rainfall and widespread flooding across southern Australia. On the 30th of September the whole state of South Australia was plunged into darkness when freak storms hit the state and then Victoria, shutting down all power from the Victorian interconnector. Some towns went without power for over a week.
As a result of this crazy, wet wild spring, the old vines on Hanlin Hill, planted in 1968 on the eastern slopes of the Clare Valley, woke from their winter slumber later than for the last fifteen years and we started picking in March, more like the vintages of the seventies and eighties.
The vineyard received 1846OC days of heat, versus the long term average of 1773OC days, but again this heat accumulation is skewed by April’s weather, by which all fruit had been picked.
We started hand picking in beautiful cool autumn sunshine on the 6th of March and finished ten days later. The fruit was transported to our winery near Woodside in the Adelaide Hills where it was de-stemmed, crushed and chilled into tank presses for juice extraction. Only the finest free run juice is used for Petaluma Riesling.
The pristine juice was then held cold in stainless steel tanks and the partially clarified juice was then inoculated with a chosen yeast strain to conduct the primary (alcoholic) fermentation. These ferments lasted between four and eight weeks.
At sugar dryness the cloudy wines were chilled to -2OC and allowed to gently clarify by cold settling before filtration and bottling in Spring 2017.
The Hanlin Hill Vineyard is planted on predominantly red-brown loam over slate and is up to 550 metres above sea level. This vineyard has produced a very full flavoured dry slatey mineral Riesling, since the style first emerged with the first Riesling from Hanlin Hill in 1979. Winery Notes