Ashton Hills is home to a meagre 1,200 Riesling vines, covering just 0.34-hectares of soil. At best these vines manage less than 200 cases of wine per year. Given the small volumes on offer and the quality of the vintage, you’d be right to expect something pretty special from this bottle. The 2017 growing season in the Adelaide Hills was characterised by a long winter, even by Hills standards, but the temperature eventually thawed and conditions leading up to vintage were perfect for fruit set. For the first time ever, the estate Riesling was picked before the Pinot Noir and the very low alcohol (11%) allowed the grapes pure fruit flavours to shine. The result is a classic “European-styled” vintage, with a fresh natural acidity offsetting the wine’s fine texture and intensity of flavour.