Mitchell McNicol Clare Riesling 2014


From a single vineyard in the Sevenhill sub-region, this is a superb example of an aged Riesling and there are few more glorious gems in the world of wine than a great older Riesling. The winemaking is a little different from traditional Clare, with fermentation by wild yeasts in a 3,000 litre French oak foudre and as a result exhibits an initial hint of spritz. The colour is a deep gold, with aromas of lemon pie and crème brulée, figs and peaches, along with the usual citrus notes, especially limes. This is quite ripe in style, with a delightfully lingering finish. A lovely, approachable Riesling with good acidity as the palate sees the emergence of classic and alluring notes of lemon butter on toast. Delicious now, but it still has a future and will drink beautifully for at least the next six to ten years. Given its age and quality, this is stunning value.