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Taught, focused and steely bone-dry riesling from the Paulett family. The 2020 is racy, fresh and bright, with mouthwatering lemon-and-lime notes. A beautifully structured Australian riesling which is delicious now, especially with shellfish, but which will age effortlessly for at least a decade.
Product Code: AU23771
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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.
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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"This is a terrifically distinctive wine. It is forthright with really austere lemon and lime, backed with pithy bitterness and plenty of acidity, but an aromatic, blossomy note runs throughout as well, making it really something special. At the price, it is terrific value, and I'm sure it will mellow and open with age. "
Mr Maximilian Yuen (14-Mar-2021)
"We love a dry Riesling but found there are better options from the Society, smoother & less tart"
Mr Mark O'Hagan (06-Mar-2021)
"Lemon colour in the glass, intensity on the nose is pronounced. Petroleum and citrus on the nose. Medium(+) intensity on the palate.
Notes of lemon/citrus stands out. It's so acidic, it's like sucking a lemon dry. I like it but it's on another level.
I love it."
Mr Paul O'Keeffe (06-Jun-2020)
"I agree with a previous review only managed a few sips and it’s going down the drain."
Mr Tony Bolton (24-Oct-2020)
"Quite acidic, went well with a spicy lemon chicken dish; to me the lime flavour came through on the palate more than the petrol disliked by some, but which to me is not necessarily a bad thing in moderation."
Mr Clive T Couzens (05-Jul-2020)
Very pleasant gold colour with a touch of green. Petrol on the nose, there was an underlying smell of sweet fruit but mostly it was just unpleasant petrol. Dry, some acidity, some fruit but mostly - petrol.
Can’t drink this, it’s one for the drain. I don’t think it’s off it seems to be expected from the notes
Mr Edmond Mandell (04-Jul-2020)
"Not for me either. I was expecting a smooth Riesling like Grosset, from the Clare Valley, but agree strong petrol flavours."
Dr Edwin R Nairn (03-Jul-2020)
"This was delicious; the mature petrol-like back taste combining with the mouth-watering citrus flavours to give sheer drinking pleasure, and a perfect accompaniment to a brill, salmon and scallop dish. It even went surprisingly well with dessert. I have a bottle of the 2014 and look forward to similar enjoyment."
Mr Martin Hebbert (17-Mar-2020)
"No longer available - a shame, yet very happy to open a bottle this evening. Lovely evolved character: bone dry (as TWS description) and that kerosine nature you get with aged riesling. I almost wish it had a touch more sweetness in an Alsace style. Great with a green salad with curly lettuce, avocado, green zebra tomato, and lemon breadcrumbed chicken breast. "
Mr Tim Potts (28-Nov-2019)
"Not for me I'm afraid, I love the hint of petrol that comes with a classy Riesling, but this is full on; keep away from naked flames! I see from previous reviews this wine has divided opinions, tastes differ, one to put on the table if you're having Jeremy Clarkson round for dinner!"
Mr Andrew Sturmey (01-Oct-2019)
"I have been waiting for this to reappear on the list. For me this is what an aged Riesling should be. Dry and aromatic. Beautiful mouthfeel. Great length. You know you are drinking something. One to savour."
Dr Leslie Hamilton (08-Aug-2019)
"I shared a bottle with John Edwarde, who reviewed this wine too, on a sunny afternoon by the river that runs through his garden. For me, good Reisling hints of petrol and this does. The only reason I haven't placed an order yet is I can't make my mind up about whether to have 6 or 12 bottles!"
Mr Howard R Dare (08-Jun-2019)
"These reviews prove that you cannot please all the people. I have come on line to re-order. My view is that the wine has attractive character. I give it 4 stars."
Mr John Edwarde (29-May-2019)
"Left bottle for an hour but sadly the intense petrol aroma got more pronounced and proved undrinkable. "
Dr John Mogan (25-Apr-2019)
"The reviews give an accurate description, Petrol/ honey with sharp limey acidity and average length not to my personal liking "
Dr John Mogan (24-Apr-2019)
Decanter (7th Nov 2018)
famed for its rieslings, is named after the settlers who arrived from Poland in
the 1850s. This is a classic Clare style: bone dry with brisk acidity and
complex petrol hints joining the flavours of lime cordial and honey. Focused
and classy. - Tina Gellie"
JancisRobinson.com (9th Nov 2018)
"Powdery nose. Lots of
citrus and freshness. Indubitably Australian. Watery finish. But fair enough –
just not Grosset! 16/20 "
"Currently in the bin-end sale. Notes from October 2018. The description above is not just hyperbole. Pale colour with greenish glints. Powerfully aromatic nose with developing secondary notes of toast and kerosene. On tasting the TWS notes proved accurate. So much depth for an essentially light wine. Length and balance are exemplary. A fantastic Aussie Riesling at an absurdly low price. "
Mr Mark Barton (26-Dec-2018)
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