Prepare yourself because the Heroes Vineyard Riesling is something out of the box. It is the most Germanic wine in Australia I’ve tasted since the Clonakilla Riesling 2002. Where Clonakilla was Kabinett in style, the Heroes is Spatlese. Powerful, mineral, ripe and aromatically complex. The palate packs a bit of residual sugar but has the acid to carry it with a dry, savoury finish. This is a wine that will improve with time for sure.
In the Otway Ranges you’ll find the Heroes vineyard. 8 acres of organic, dry grown vines. Featured is Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and a new planting of Chardonnay. These lovingly grown grapes don’t need much in the winery. They are fermented with indigenous yeasts and bottled unfiltered and unfined with the only additive being sulphur. The result is amazing wine.
This is a wine you don’t want to chill much if at all. Let all that complexity show. Drink from now until about 20 years from now.
Nothing works. As would a range of game, seafood and pork sausages.
Within the GI of Geelong there is some distinctly different climates, diverse soil profiles and strong personalities. And it helps that there are quite a few producers making interesting and exciting wines here. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz all excel but in the right site there are plenty of other varieties that can do well.
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Wonderful wines are found in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.