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Rieslingfreak

Rieslingfreak No 34 Clare & Eden Valley Riesling

Rieslingfreak is the product of winemaker John Hughes obsession with Riesling matched with exceptional winemaking talent which translates into wines of exquisite purity and elegance. His home state of South Australia is blessed with two of the rare places where Riesling truly shines, and John has melded the generous floral aromatics and rich flavour of the Clare Valley with the fine and refreshing acidity of the Eden Valley Riesling to craft this generous, yet complex Riesling. A wine to drink now, but one that will also reward some cellaring.

Rieslingfreak No.4 Eden Valley Riesling

For John Hughes, the attraction to Riesling is all encompassing. Growing up on a small vineyard in the Clare Valley, and going on to work with some of the brightest Riesling makers in the country before launching his own venture, John is never far away from his beloved grape. John makes classic Australian styles from carefully selected vineyards with an emphasis on purity and site reflection, as well as German-inspired expressions that balance acidity and sugar with singular precision.

Rieslingfreak No.3 Riesling

Rieslingfreak No.3 Riesling, Clare Valley These Rieslings are all selected from the family vineyard, in the Clare Valley. The vineyard is situated just north of the Clare township, in a sub-region called White Hut. The vineyard is in its own very unique microclimate. Situated on the flats, in the middle of a valley. The vineyard is planted on heavy loam and red terra rosa soil. It is situated 500m above sea level, with an average rainfall of 550mm. The positioning of the vineyard, sees strong winds, however, this is very useful when it comes to disease management. The vineyard contains five individual Riesling vineyards, and two different clones of Riesling. This allows me to hand-select the grapes for the individual labels, ensuring each label is different, and truly represent both style and region. Vineyards in the White Hut region have a ‘hallmark’ of producing Rieslings that have big and rich fruit flavours.

Rieslingfreak No 3 Clare Valley Riesling

For the love of Riesling! The Rieslingfreak No. 3 offers another stunning example of Clare Valley's suitability to making Riesling. Brimming with fleshy fruit flavours, citrus notes and floral aromatics, the palate offers depth, more citrus and a refreshing dash of acid.

Rieslingfreak Polish Hill No.2

Polish Hill River is renowned for producing Riesling of elegance, and the No. 2 is no exception. The bouquet is highly perfumed with aromas of fresh grapefruit, jasmine, chamomile, and apple blossom, with a hint of peachy sweetness. The palate is crisp yet silky-soft, with a fine, talc-like minerality imparting a pleasing slipperiness to the texture in the mouth. The bright citrusy flavours run a fine line between sweet and tart, anchored by the acerbically mouth-watering flavours of pink grapefruit and kumquat, wrapped in the subtly sweet flavours of Nashi Pear, apricot, and white peach. The elegant and complex palate is punctuated with bright natural acidity, imparting exceptional length and a clean, crisp finish.

Rieslingfreak No.3 Clare Valley Riesling

For John Hughes, the attraction to Riesling is all encompassing. Growing up on a small vineyard in the Clare Valley, and going on to work with some of the brightest Riesling makers in the country before launching his own venture, John is never far away from his beloved grape. John makes classic Australian styles from carefully selected vineyards with an emphasis on purity and site reflection, as well as German-inspired expressions that balance acidity and sugar with singular precision.

Rieslingfreak No.2 Polish Hill River Riesling

The wine is very refined, showing some good mineral and slate characteristics. Delicate aromas of lemon, limes and bath salts. Lingering flavours of lemon pith, green citrus and apples. Good fruit and acid balance. Drinks well now, and will reward with long-term cellaring.

RIESLINGFREAK NO. 14 WATERVALE RIESLING

Rieslingfreak is indeed ‘a freak’, and not simply because of its rarity as an Australian winemaker focused on a single variety. A collection of wines, each given its own number to represent a different style, region or vineyard. The home of the No.14 is a single vineyard at Watervale in the Clare Valley, a region renowned for producing Riesling of richness and elegance. This wine may be enjoyed in its youth, but will also reward long-term cellaring.

Rieslingfreak No 1 "Grounds of Grandeur Riesling"

This wine was always designed to bring new world and old world together. After going to Bordeaux to meet the team at Boutes Barrels, John worked with the Coopers, to design a barrel that would work for Australian Riesling. They designed a 1500L barrel, which has had minimal toasting, resulting in a long barrel, which would act more has a maturation vessel, compared to a barrel which would impart oak into the wine. 2017 Rieslingfreak No.1 is made in a style which is different from any other Rieslingfreak. The wine has been wild fermented in a barrel, where as John normally ferments in stainless steel and with cultured yeast. Rieslingfreak is the inspiration of John Hughes, a man who is very passionate about his rieslings. The first vintage of the brand was in 2009, with a single vineyard Clare Valley Riesling. Since then, the label has expanded to include Eden Valley and Polish Hill River regions. The brand philosophy is to represent the hallmarks of a single region with their iconic winemaking style. Each Rieslingfreak wine is allocated an individual number. This number represents not only the region in which the fruit was grown, but also the style and technical specifications with which the wine is made. Rieslingfreak is about providing consumers with a range of specially crafted rieslings embracing both different regions and styles. It is only released from vintages considered worthy.