When I first read the notes on how the 2020 Sinapius Riesling was made I didn’t think the juice could stand up to the traditional winemaking onslaught. Wonderful to be proven wrong! Extremely complex nose and unique in the context of Australian Riesling. Lavender, apple, butter, grapefruit, cherry, blackcurrant and lime wafting. Round, full bodied, luscious, bright and vital, this really is a treat. Coating the mouth and the acidity is precise and lasers through the palate. Detailed, a light and shade wine of immense personality and deliciousness. Terrific winemaking. Waters Wine Co.
An opportunity arose for Vaughn and Linda to purchase grapes from a renowned Riesling producer on the West Tamar River – and they went for it given the low 2020 estate yields. Deciding to challenge traditional Riesling treatment, they produced it like a Chardonnay. Fermented and matured naturally in a Stockinger Demi Muid (600l) and French Oak feuillettes (130L), then left on lees for 9 months where it underwent full malolactic fermentation.
For us, this one certainly comes off like a Riesling in Chardonnay’s clothing – so many of the best characteristics of both varietals. The lees influence is present but not overwhelming, and good acidity aids structure. Deceptive and delicious, rounded and creamy with an aromatic floral punch that reminds you what it’s made of. We think it’s a real standout for the textural Riesling class and shows the balance lacking in so many barrel aged Rieslings! Vinous