As always, the 2020 Watervale hails from the Gully View vineyard, which is on red loamy clay over limestone. This is the vineyard that historically supplied Leo Buring, once the maker of Australia’s greatest Rieslings. The fruit is de-stemmed and crushed before pressing, the free-run juice then settled, racked and fermented. Col halted the ferment with around 5 g/L residual sugar to balance the muscular acidity that this terroir delivers. It’s a pithy, chalky and racy white, with lemon and grapefruit juice notes and a juicy, slightly salty close. The residual is perfectly pitched.
Granny smith apples and lime, chalk dust and florals. It’s juicy, fresh, has more texture than is customary and it sings juicily on and out through the finis. Absolutely more-ish. Cidery, in a good way. A hit. 93 Points – Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront
Floral and pretty perfume, some green apple notes, touch of limey stuff too. Palate is racy, lightly juicy, pristine in flavour, shows a lick of powdery chew and drives long and fine. Really moreish and mouth-watering, feels fancy but also wildly drinkable. Also feels ‘very well made’; there’s strong pedigree here. Yes thanks. 94 points – Mike Bennie, The Winefront