Adelina Watervale Riesling 2021 (Clare Valley, South Australia) "...orange, lime blossom, lemon sherbert..."
This year the Watervale is a blend of two vineyards: blocks G11 and G6 from the Gullyview vineyard (planted in 2001 on red loamy clay over limestone); and as of 2021 the Kloock vineyard (north of Watervale, with light brown loam over limestone) enters to story. A bit of history… Fruit from Gullyview G6 went into the Rieslings John Vickery made for Richmond Grove in the 2000s. Vickery also sourced fruit from other blocks at Gullyview for some of the legendary Leo Buring Rieslings of the 1970s. So, we’re talking about quality Clare real estate here.
As for the wine, the fruit was destemmed and crushed before pressing, the free-run juice then settled, racked and fermented. Col halted the ferment with around 2.9 g/L residual sugar, meaning the wine is pretty much bone-dry, a balance that works a treat in 2021. This is only the second time the Watervale has been fermented fairly much to dryness (traditionally the wine has had 4-6 grams per litre of residual sugar). The last time Adelina’s Watervale was this dry was in 2010, which gives an insight to just how beautifully the ’21 harvest progressed.
With its aromas of orange and lime blossom, lemon sherbet and lime zest, this explodes from the glass. It’s ripe, racy and long, with perfectly integrated acidity. While it will undoubtedly age well, it’s already a joy to drink.