2021 Foudre Ferment Riesling
Colour: Pale straw with flashes of silver.
Bouquet: Layered aromas of honeydew, apricot blossom, citrus rind, wet stone and almond meal. Complex and inviting.
Palate: Viscous flavours of lemon curd and lime pith. The crunchy minerality balances the richness for a long finish.
Cellaring: The aromatic characteristics of this wine are best appreciated in the short to medium term, but this wine will gain complexity over the next ten years or so.
Pairing: Try it with steamed Barramundi. Drink now to 2042.
Vintage: An excellent season with near perfect growing conditions right through to harvest. Adequate winter and spring rainfalls set the wines up to burst into life and sustain beautifully balanced growth throughout the summer. Autumn was ideal with little rainfall and warm conditions to ensure the grapes matured gracefully.
Region: Great Western, Victoria
Grape Variety: Riesling
Winemaker: Justin Purser
The Real Review, Huon Hooke – Jan 2022
Vibrant lemon-fresh zesty aromas, bright and youthful, with creamy yeast lees overtones, cashew nut and spice notes from the barrel ferment, the palate soft and rich with delicacy and refinement appropriate to a young Riesling but also with texture and fleshiness. A lovely wine. Drink now to 2033. Rating: 93 points
Australian Wine Guide, Clive Hartley – Feb 2022
For me inflicting Riesling to extended skin contract, wild fermentation in a large oak foudre could well set alarm bells ringing. But I love this wine. It has a complex nose with honey, orange blossom, wet stone and a hint of lees. The palate is dry, textured and firm but supported by some lemon pith driven acidity, more orange rind flavours and a long finish. It achieves the right balance between building complexity, whilst maintaining some varietal characteristics. Buy it before it is sold out. Rating: Outstanding