2015 Block 1 Riesling
$ 40 / bottle
Produced from mature vines in a region originally selected for this variety, Forest Hill's Block 1 Riesling has gained world-wide recognition and support. The grapes from Block 1 result in wines of outstanding varietal flavours, true to Mount Barker. Fermented with wild yeasts to add palate richness and complexity while softening the vibrant, crisp natural acidity, the Forest Hill Rieslings are enhanced by a long, lingering, often flinty finish, ensuring wonderful graceful ageing.
Bright straw with green hues. There are lifted aromas of jasmine, lime blossom and sea spray. The palate displays citrus zest, fresh lime/grapefruit and slate. Natural acidity drives the long mineral palate and as always typical Block 1 chalky texture.
DOWNLOAD TASTING NOTE
Hand harvested in the morning and chilled further before whole-bunch pressed. The best fraction of the free-run juice was then transferred to a small stainless steel vessel where it was settled and racked off gross lees. Long fermentation occurs at cool temperatures before being racked of yeast lees, and filtered before bottling.
Block 1 Riesling; Planted 1965 is the oldest cool climate vineyard in Western Australia.
GROWING AREA & SOILS
Forest Hill, Mount Barker in the Great Southern. Gravel, loams over clay.
Dry Grown, Minimal inputs. Row orientation is North-South.
12th March 2015 at 11.5 Baume
pH: 2.85, TA: 8.21 g/L, Alcohol: 12.5%, RS: <1 g/L
Bottled: July 2015
Fruit set for 2015 was very low and this coupled with lower than average rainfall during the winter and spring months lead to very low yields across all varieties in our dry-grown vineyard. These conditions resulted in grapes with concentrated flavours and intensity.
97 Points – James Halliday
Best in Variety – 2017 Halliday Wine Companion
97 Points – Ray Jordan
Best Riesling – 2018 The Wine Guide
Runner up Best White Wine – 2018 The Wine Guide