South-Western Victoria has a long and proud history for riesling thanks to the work of Seppelt and Crawford River. This though is not your everyday riesling style thanks to a ferment in large, old oak which lifts the character and personality of this wine well past many of the usual bright and fresh riesling styles.
It is immediately fragrant and generous with an almost Germanic edge – pear, custard apple and faintly floral fruits are joined by some stony and even gingerbread nuances. Oak sits very much in the background – and simply provides a savoury edge. The palate is more muted – stony, saffron, ginger and citrus fruits sit on a long and linear palate that is full of energy and youthful vitality. Delicious now, but it will be fascinating to see where this wine goes over the next five or more years.