Meadowbank Riesling 2020
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Meadowbank’s Riesling vines (mostly Geisenheim 198 clone) were planted in 2005 and since the arrival of Peter Dredge in 2016 they’ve surely never been put to better use. This juicy and spine-tingling Riesling was hand-picked from the Estate’s sandy north-facing slopes, whole-cluster pressed and naturally fermented (50% in stainless steel with a smidge of residual sugar left, and 50% wild-fermented in wood until completely dry). Both parcels were matured on their lees for three months before blending and bottling without fining.
“Perfect balance. Clarity and purity. Endless drive and length. It smells of white flowers and vanilla, tastes of sour green apple, green melon and watermelon as you eat close to the rind, has a chalk dusk texture, and crunches and tingles on the finish. Is that lemon zest and spice? It’s one of the best Rieslings I’ve tasted in quite some time.” 96 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front