Rieslingfreak No3 Riesling Clare Valley 2020 A happy vintage


Rieslingfreak No3 comes off the family ‘White Hutt’ vineyard in the Clare Valley. This is the main, dry Riesling from Clare. Light, mineral, focused.

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Rieslingfreak No3 comes off the family ‘White Hutt’ vineyard in the Clare Valley. Multiple blocks and clones that go into making this delicious wine. No3 is the primary, dry Rieslingfreak Riesling from the Clare. Light, dry, mineral, focused. If you like the young flavours of Clare Riesling, Rieslingfreak No3 gives you that. But it is a wine that will evolve in the cellar.

Rieslingfreak Vintage 2020 Notes

We all thought 2019 was the warmest and driest vintage on record, until we got to 2020! Well 2020 ended up being the driest year on record, but we were fortunate in terms of temperature. Right up until the end of December, we had high temperatures, in the 40’s – just hot and dry! Then come January, temperatures cooled down, and we hovered around the low 30’s and mid 20’s until harvest. Water on the other hand was non-existent for most of the growing season. We had not seen rain for months. Then comes the 31st of January and we had up to 62mm of rain, setting up the grapes nicely for harvest. As this was really the only worthy rain for the year, crops levels were way down. Although we had low crop levels, the cool change in weather allowed the grapes to ripen slowly, holding great natural acidity, right up to harvest.”

It won’t surprise you to hear that Rieslingfreak owner John Hughes loves Riesling. Established as a passion project in 2009, the consumers connected with John’s passion and now they produce 11 different Riesling styles.

The Rieslingfreak collection includes dry, sweet, sparkling, and fortified Riesling. Rieslingfreak’s focus is South Australian wine regions. The numbering system represents the style and region of each wine.

Clare Valley

One of the great wine regions of Australia. Known for its boney, citric Rieslings that build flesh with bottle age – a classic Australian style. It can also make some lovely Shiraz and Cabernet.

Clare Valley Wine Map


One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety of quality wine production. Although it only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Find superb Riesling in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. See more about Riesling here.

Australian Wine

The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map.  The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.

This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the distinctive terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.

Australian Wine Map 2


Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.

The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.

Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.

The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.

White Wine

It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.

It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.

Rieslingfreak No3 Riesling Clare Valley 2020

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