Ottelia Riesling 2017 (Mount Gambier - Limestone Coast)

Ottelia Ovalifolia is the horticultural name for the waterlily that blooms with white and purple flowers on John and Melissa’s property, it hosts a chorus of native frogs at night and provides the namesake for John’s fascination, his wine label Ottelia.

Historically the hardy native grew abundantly across the region; borrowing the name for the wine seemed fitting given the years invested in working in the area’s vineyards.

Tasting Notes:
The Ottelia Riesling 2017 has aromas of fragrant lime, lemon thyme and citrus blossom.

Eloquent flavours of grapefruit, herbal and mineral qualities with tingling cool climate acidity and an engaging finish.

Reviews & Accolades

Trophy Best White Wine - Limestone Coast Wine Show 2017

"Wow. This is positively breathtaking, the complex spray of citrus flavours impacting the second the wine enters the mouth, and linger long after the finish. The citrus is unsweetened green grapefruit juice and zest, acidity a given but nonetheless playing an important role. Trophy Best White Wine Limestone Coast Wine Show '17 not the least surprising. For the record, pH 2.83, titratable acidity 9.36g/l and residual sugar 6g/l."
98 Points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019, Jan 2018, Drink By: 2037

"If you’re lucky there may be some of this still around.

It takes flavour and drills it through the palate. This is one helluva searing wine, though it makes a (thorough) success of the style. Citrus, slate, lemon sorbet, zest and rind and juice and everything. With oysters or white-fleshed seafood it would be darned brilliant now but really, it has cellarworthiness written all over it."

95 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, August 2018, Drink: 2018 - 2032+
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Prior to establishing Ottelia John served a 30‐year apprenticeship in wine making. It started as a 17 year old growing up in Bathurst, NSW. Despite not having a strong connection to wine making, though his parents were known to bottle their own Mudgee red on occasion, he knew he wanted to be a winemaker.

A few years and a few detours later, he was studying Wine Science and working as an assistant to the esteemed Italian wine maker Carlo Corino, considered one of the best in the game. A move to Coonawarra followed where John worked as a winemaker for 20 vintages, and then as a winemaking consultant. He knows the Limestone Coast well, its wine growing regions of Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Mount Benson and Mount Gambier, their different soils, their climates. That’s the background, the knowledge and the enthusiasm John brings to Ottelia.

It was only ever supposed to be temporary. John and Melissa moved to the iconic Coonawarra region 25 years ago intending to, in John’s words, “stay a little while”. They bought a parcel of land ringed by tall Red Gum Eucalypts, and with natural wetlands dotted with Ottelia Ovalifolia, a native waterlily. All these years later John and Melissa are still there.

Together they have spent nearly half a lifetime in the Limestone coast region, John working as a winemaker and consultant across its unique wine growing regions, and Melissa establishing a restaurant. Their lasting connection to the region and infatuation for wine has produced Ottelia, drawn from the best vineyards of the Limestone Coast.

The Ellis family’s vineyards are in the Mount Gambier GI and located to the SW of Mount Gambier in the Kongorong area. The close proximity to the Southern Ocean provides the coolest maritime climate in mainland Australia with a similar heat summation as Marlborough NZ. The maritime climate allows for an extended ripening period through autumn, which is ideal for the accumulation of flavour and optimum ripening.

The vineyards are planted in fractured limestone, which forms much of the surface cover in this relatively flat but undulating area, lying a few metres above sea level. Underlying the limestone is a ribbon of shallow but fertile soil that allows the vines to develop in this challenging soil profile. The surface limestone is very flinty and this contributes to the mineral elements and hint of gun smoke character in the wine.

The vineyard is cane pruned and yielded at 7 tonnes per hectare in 2017. Fruit flavours are closely monitored in the vineyard and harvested when the optimal balance of flavour, acid and structure are achieved. The fruit was machine harvested pre dawn while the fruit is still cold and then delivered to the winery for processing. Maximum care is taken to process the fruit gently so as to avoid over extraction and to maintain vibrant fruit characters. Juice is cold settled and fined with milk to minimise phenolics, racked and cold fermented over a three week period. The wine is then left on yeast lees through cold stabilisation and up until the wine is bentonite fined and clarified, a month before bottling.

Ottelia Riesling 2017 fruit was harvested in March and bottled July 2017. Winery Notes
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Case Qty12
BrandOttelia Wines Mount Gambier
RegionMount Gambier
StateSouth Australia
Dozen Buy$263.88
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