2018 Harewood Estate Mount Barker Riesling

2018 Harewood Estate Mount Barker Riesling

Harewood's Mount Barker release is easily the most concentrated wine in the single vineyard Riesling range, with this irrepressible grapefruit density that is just so impressive.

You know what else? It's incredibly long. The persistent acidity means that the flavours linger long after you've put down your glass.

Supreme Riesling.

Expert Reviews

95 Points - James Halliday - Halliday's Wine CompanionThe bouquet may be a little reticent right now, but the power of the palate is awesome, a touch of CO2 adding to, rather than detracting from, the power of the wine that takes the palate prisoner. The key to the door will materialise 5 years hence.
93 Points - Andrew Graham - ozwinereview.comHarewood's run of great Riesling continues. These 18s are a little broader than the taut and terrific '17s, but no less drinkable. This Mount Barker edition is a more grandiose wine compared to the linear and crystalline Porongurup but I'm still not sure which the winner is. A sense of classicness with a tangy, grapefruit driven palate. There's maybe more lime and even nectarine, as if a little South Aussie fruit has snuck into the blend, but still so long and pure. Another nice WA Riesling. Best drinking: I would love to drink it now. 18/20, 93/100. Would I buy it? Sure would.'

Tech stuff

Riesling
Harewood Estate
Great Southern
2018
750ml
12%
Cellar to 2028
Screw Cap

Light

Full

How's it taste?

A brilliant, exceptionally pale straw colour with youthful green tinges on release. The wine exhibits intense floral, citrus and talc notes enhanced by an underlying spicy vibrancy. Initial flavours of passionfruit and mandarin are followed with a spicy mid-palate with hints of nectarine, and finishing with classic mouth-watering citrus. The fine structure is testament to the care taken during the production.

How was it made?

The grapes for this wine were sourced from a single vineyard in the Mount Barker sub region of Western Australia’s Great Southern wine region.

Only the finest, more pristine, “free-run” juice was used in the production of this wine resulting in a palate of outstanding finesse, free from the harsh, phenolic characters and deeper colours associated with grape pressings.

A long, cool ferment in stainless steel tanks, minimal fining and the use of screw caps are all further steps towards capturing the inherent delicacy of this cool climate variety.

Who made it?

Established in 1988 in Denmark, Western Australia, Harewood Estate was bought by ex-Howard Park winemaker, James Kellie, and his family in 2003. Since then, the winery has moved forward in leaps and bounds. It has garnered many favourable reviews from renowned wine critics whilst collecting a swag of wine show medals and trophies along the way. Kellie prides himself on delving into the true expression of the Great Southern’s sub-regions of Denmark, Porongurup, Frankland River and Mount Barker using grape varietals such as Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. As Harewood Estate says, “The art is on the inside” of every bottle. The fruit is sourced from select, low yielding vineyards from each sub-region to produce cool climate wines James Halliday refers to as “Wines of exemplary quality and typicity.”

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