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Pauletts Polish Hill River Aged Release Clare Valley Riesling 2016

White Wine from Australia - South Australia
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Arguably one of the best-value Clare Valley rieslings out there, this is aged at the winery before release and has developed wonderful depth and complexity as it has matured. The nose is classically styled, with orange peel, lemon curd and wet slate. The palate is dry and saline but with beeswax notes and great length. This Australian Riesling offers extraordinary bang for your buck.
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Code: AU23761

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Riesling
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2028
  • 12.8% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Screwcap
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Get the lowdown on Pauletts Polish Hill River Riesling 2016 from Australia, via buyer Freddy Bulmer. Video transcript

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Pauletts Polish Hill River Aged Release Clare Valley Riesling

If I was forced to pick my favourite white grape variety, it might well be riesling, and this is the perfect example as to why. This is Clare Valley riesling. This comes from a winery called Pauletts, and it’s a small family winery, but what’s wonderful about this is it’s 2016 vintage, so it’s got a bit of maturity already. On the nose, you get these delicious, aromatic, orange-peel, wet-slates, lanolin kind of aromas, and on the palate, it’s got this incredible crisp, fresh acidity; so this is a brilliant pick-me-up kind of wine. Also, though, it’s really, really good with all sorts of different foods. So, if you need something that has a bit of acidity to cut through perhaps a bit of fat in a dish, or if you’ve got something like a creamy kind of dish, this is absolutely perfect; but if you don’t want to get too caught up in the food and wine pairing side of things, this is wonderful on its own, on the sofa. 

South Australia

South Australia (SA) is Australia's wine heartland, producing most of the country's wine and boasting some of its oldest vines. The dry, hot climate ripens grapes fully, making bold, dense and concentrated wines.

The Barossa Valley has a rich viticultural history with patches of bush-trained vines, many more than 100 years old. It is first and foremost a red wine region. Shiraz is king but cabernet sauvignon, grenache and mourvèdre play an important part, too.

Close to the Barossa is the Eden Valley, a windswept series of elevated hills producing exceptional shiraz and floral riesling. Just north of the Barossa is the Clare Valley, which represents Australia's pinnacle for riesling, where elevated vineyards temper the intense heat, producing dry whites of immense class and purity. The region's powerful and muscular reds can be outstanding too.

On the coast south of Adelaide is McLaren Vale, which vies with Barossa to be SA's best red-wine region. The climate is warm enough to...

South Australia (SA) is Australia's wine heartland, producing most of the country's wine and boasting some of its oldest vines. The dry, hot climate ripens grapes fully, making bold, dense and concentrated wines.

The Barossa Valley has a rich viticultural history with patches of bush-trained vines, many more than 100 years old. It is first and foremost a red wine region. Shiraz is king but cabernet sauvignon, grenache and mourvèdre play an important part, too.

Close to the Barossa is the Eden Valley, a windswept series of elevated hills producing exceptional shiraz and floral riesling. Just north of the Barossa is the Clare Valley, which represents Australia's pinnacle for riesling, where elevated vineyards temper the intense heat, producing dry whites of immense class and purity. The region's powerful and muscular reds can be outstanding too.

On the coast south of Adelaide is McLaren Vale, which vies with Barossa to be SA's best red-wine region. The climate is warm enough to guarantee lush, chocolatey reds from shiraz, grenache and cabernet, while its strong maritime influence invests elegance in chardonnay, viognier and marsanne. Nearby Langhorne is cooled by the lake and nearby sea, and grows grapes of very good quality at a low cost. These excellent-value wines are marked by a softness and fullness of flavour. The Adelaide Hills area east of the city are cool and provide the perfect ingredients for lemony sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. Coonawarra, further south-east behind the Limestone Coast, is South Australia's leading cabernet region, the unique terra rossa soil and maritime influence producing grapes with intense flavours and fabulous structure.

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Pauletts

About a 1 ½ hour drive north from Adelaide in the Polish Hill River sub-region of the Clare Valley , you will find the home and winery of Neil and Alison Paulett, in an area blessed with a climate perfect for premium grape growing.

Plenty of winter rain, hot summers with cool nights and a lengthy ripening period make for great flavour intensity in the grapes, a fact which the Pauletts eagerly, and successfully, exploit.

Neil Paulett graduated from the Roseworthy College, Adelaide’s famous wine school, in 1971 and then worked for Penfolds and Rosemount, two of Australia’s leading companies. With a decade’s worth of experience under his belt he set up on his own with his wife Alison, having searched extensively for just the right place.

They found it at Polish Hill and bought it in 1983. The property had never been out of the hands of the previous owners’ family and had a history of grape growing that stretched back for more than a century. The estate was originally 47 hectares but the Pauletts have added a hundred more, with nearly 50 under vine, planted with shiraz and cabernet sauvignon vines over 70 years old, and riesling of 35 years. Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and malbec are also grown.

Neil makes the wine while son Matthew, also a Roseworthy graduate, manages the vineyard, providing his Dad with the raw materials for wines of finesse and intensity that have won many awards and plaudits.

Australia Vintage 2016

Overall 2016 was a positive vintage for Australia with good volumes, and generally high quality wines being produced.

In South Australia total yields were up on 2015, and the quality was good too. It was another dry warm vintage, but with some rain, with the use of irrigation saving the vines from undue stress. A strong vintage for grenache and shiraz, with examples in barrel looking very concentrated and well structured.

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