2012 Tunkalilla Vineyard Riesling

2012 Tunkalilla Vineyard Riesling

Johan Axlund

"Off dry but it doesn't taste. Sleek and long with just a little sweetness. Some bottle age fullness on the palate too. Long finish."

Johan Axlund

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Johan Axlund

"Off dry but it doesn't taste. Sleek and long with just a little sweetness. Some bottle age fullness on the palate too. Long finish."

Johan Axlund

RRP: $40.00 per bottle 45% OFF

$21.99

(buy 6 or more)

$22.99 per single bottle
Bottles
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Tunkalilla is Brian Croser's Oregon project, first setup in 2002 soon after he sold out of Petaluma. An old Christmas tree farm, it lies in prime grapegrowing country - the famous Christom winery is next door, where Brian has made the wines. Interestingly this site was specifically setup for Riesling, and like anything with that sort of focus the results are impressive.

This 2012 is quite a find though. Now well and truly a back vintage, we were lucky to be in the right place at the right time to land some, and it's looking delicious. It's your chance to snare a great bottle-aged off-dry Riesling with impeccable pedigree.

Expert Reviews

96 Points - Huon Hooke - The Real ReviewLight straw colour, youthful for its age, while the bouquet has some almost Germanic gardenia notes as well as a trace of buttered toast development. A very appealing aroma, almost Mosel-ish. The palate is racy and crisp, lively and tangy with vibrant acidity and terrific length. Firm and dry to finish. A delicious, mouth-watering riesling.
96 Points - Huon Hooke - The Real ReviewLight straw colour, youthful for its age, while the bouquet has some almost Germanic gardenia notes as well as a trace of buttered toast development. A very appealing aroma, almost Mosel-ish. The palate is racy and crisp, lively and tangy with vibrant acidity and terrific length. Firm and dry to finish. A delicious, mouth-watering riesling.
92 Points - Wine SpectatorLight and sleek, with minerally acidity that runs delicately through relatively fleshy, lightly sweet pear, grapefruit and cream flavors, finishing with delicacy. Drink now through 2020.

Tech stuff

11.8
Eola-Amity Hills
2012
Screw Cap
Cellar to 2020
750ml

Light

Full

How's it taste?

An intense nose of developing petrol/kerosene characters, overlaying notes of fresh lime zest, stony minerality and a sherbet, almost bath salt, sort of feel. There is perhaps a touch of botrytis in there too, in the form of marmalade toast. Very inviting. The palate leads with honeyed citrus, of an intensity comparable to the nose. There's a wonderful acidity that picks up and carries through in a zippy, racy line to the finish. Balanced beautifully by a hint of residual sweetness, the finish opens out to ripe citrus notes and more river stone mineral. Brilliant line and length.

How was it made?

The first five vintages at Tunkalilla Vineyard (2008-2012) have all been cooler than average although 2012 was the second warmest of the five after the 2009 vintage. The very dry and moderately warm vintage combined with the 7- year vine age has produced a wine with strong, ripe Riesling flavours. Unusually, the acid was lower than the previous vintages, probably because of the high level of sunlight hours of the 2012 vintage. 

The 11.4 gm/L of residual sugar combined with the ripe flavours, balances the modest 8 gm/L of acid achieving a dry finish.
The ripe Riesling aromatics are of orange blossom, passion fruit and mango and while the flavour is ripe and intense it is also refined. 2012 Tunkalilla Vineyard Riesling is another slightly surprising expression of this unique terroir.

Who made it?

Tunkalilla Vineyard is a tiny specialist Riesling vineyard perched on the southern facing end escarpment of the Eola Hills in the Willamette Valley overlooking Salem, the capital of Oregon. In 2005, Brian and Ann Croser planted 3 acres of Riesling on the then 50-acre Christmas tree farm that has since been cleared for further plantings of Riesling and Pinot Noir. Tunkalilla Vineyard is on the western boundary of Cristom winery’s distinguished Pinot Noir vineyard sites and a strong relationship between the Croser family and the Gerrie family of Cristom has developed allowing Brian and Ann to make their initial Tunkalilla Vineyard Rieslings at the Cristom winery Brian and Ann chose to name their Oregon vineyard Tunkalilla Vineyard after the beach adjacent to the farms on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia where they grow prime lamb (Maylands Farm lamb) and Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir.

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