Bellarmine Wines

2016 Riesling Dry

Region:Pemberton
Drink Until:2030
Variety:100% Riesling
Suitable Foods:Oysters, Roasted Quail
Oak:Nil
Colour:Pale Straw
Nose:Floral, "little white flowers", lime and spice.
Palate:Clean well-balanced, full of citrus and floral flavours with minerality, good length of flavour and a crisp clean finish.
Style:Crisp dry elegant aromatic white wine.
Awards:

2016 vintage: 

Gold Medal - Wine Showcase Magazine New Release Tasting, March 2017

Silver Medal - 2016 Canberra International Riesling Challenge.

Silver Medal - 2016 Perth Royal Wine Show

 

PAST VINTAGES

2015 vintage:

95 Points - James Halliday

93 Points - Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine, Feb/Mar 2016 Edition.

Bronze Medal, Canberra International Riesling Challenge. 

2014 vintage:

96 Points & Top 100 Wines 2014, James Halliday "One of the most consistent rieslings on the market today, and one of the very best."

Silver medal 2015 Rotary RSM Bird Cameron Timbertowns Wine Show

4 Stars, Winestate Best of the West 2015.

2013 vintage:

94 points James Halliday

Best Riesling in Australia 2013 - Jeni Port

2012 vintage:

95 points James Halliday - Top Wines to Cellar 2013

2011 vintage:

94 points James Halliday Top 100 wines, The Weekend Australian, Nov 2011

2010 vintage:

94 points - James Halliday,"Value wine of the week"

Featured in Best Summer Whites, Toni Patterson MW, Qantas Magazine December 2010 Issue 

 94 points – Ray Jordan WA Wine Guide 2011

2009 vintage:

Gold Medal and Trophy for Best Riesling at Qantas Mt Barker Wine Show of Western Australia October 2009.

"Quite simply, on this tasting, Bellarmine is producing some of the finest and purest Rieslings in Australia." - 'The Vertical Experience', David Prestipino, August 20, 2009.  

2008 vintage:

93/100 points - James Halliday. 

2007 vintage:

91/100 points - James Halliday "Wine Companion 2009".


BACKGROUND

The grapes are exclusively sourced from the Bellarmine vineyard in the high quality cool climate region of Pemberton in South-Western Australia. The vineyard is at an altitude of 220 metres above sea level. Planted in 2000 by hand, the vines are trained to Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) to give optimum exposure of the fruit to sunshine during the ripening season which occurs from December to March. The soils are red gravel laterite soils which provide excellent drainage and give warmth to the vines' root systems at night from the sunshine the red gravel has absorbed during the daylight hours. This results in the Riesling being ready for harvest in mid-March before too much rain comes in as Autumn progresses. Bellarmine wines famously makes three different styles of Riesling, each with its own story and appeal. One of very few vineyards in Pemberton to grow Riesling, it is the fact that the vineyard is owned by a German couple, Dr Willi and Gudrun Schumacher, that we can give thanks.

THE WINEMAKING

Harvested in the cool of the night at optimum flavour levels as determined by the winemaker regularly tasting the grapes, the fruit is treated very delicately to preserve the pristine citrus and floral aromas and flavours. This wine is made purely from the first 'free run' juice taken from the initial crushing of the grapes before any pressing of the skins occurs. "Free run" is known as the highest quality juice with very few phenolics which makes the wine more elegant. The juice is cold settled for 48 hours then the clear juice is racked to a new tank away from the solids ("lees") and is innoculated with a yeast to ensure a steady fermentation occurs and to optimise the natural characters present in the fruit. The fermentation is carefully temperature controlled to achieve a gradual drop in sugar levels and to retain the maximum aromas possible. Fermentation and storage occur in stainless steel tank and no oak is used.
6 bottle half-carton
$156.00
bottle
$26.00