You can see that the Vickery Reserve Castine Hay Shed Block Watervale Riesling 2018 is just on the cusp of going from vibrant and fruit-driven, to the more savoury, mineral phase.
The nose is bold with lime, chalk, floral notes and peach. The palate of Vickery Reserve Castine is much the same as the nose, there is a lovely line of tangy acid and a cake and nutty finish.
Vickery Reserve Castine is a wine that has a lot of stuffing for the long haul, it is up to you if you want to wait, but in 15 years or so, it is going to be a cracking drink.
Vickery Reserve Castine Hay Shed Block comes off a west-facing block at 420masl. This block stood out to the team at Vickery for its quality and potential to age and was kept separate from the rest of the blend.
Vickery Reserve Castine Hay Shed Block Watervale Riesling 2018, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
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Vickery Reserve Castine Hay Shed Block Watervale Riesling 2018 Wine Review
2022 Halliday Wine Companion
“Already revealing toasty characters of baked ricotta and lime marmalade, as if kissed by the sun. They’re adding an extra depth to the wine now, but perhaps without the acid drive to shift it into long-term drinking. That’s OK. Make the most of it now.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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