The winemaking talents of Ben Riggs and Kerri Thompson were originally combined many vintages ago at Wirra Wirra. Now the production of this wine shows the Riggs/Thompson winemaking talents once again united, using Riesling from Watervale, a sub-region of Clare, South Australia; a region that is home to some of the best Rieslings in the world. The region’s overall warm climate and meagre rainfall combine with soils of red loam over limestone to consistently produce distinctive wine characters of generous lime and citrus persuasions, plus a regional reputation for wines that develop and age well.
From the outset, producing a Riesling from Australia’s best Riesling region was on the list of icon wines to be pursued by winemaker Ben Riggs. Harvesting fruit from the Churinga vineyard (Kate’s Block and The Shed Block) at Watervale (Clare Valley) was an opportunity not to be missed.
The wonderfully delicate nose carries citrus and soft floral characters seamlessly to the palate. Here, the mouthfeel is abundantly vibrant and lifted offering lemon and lime carefully balanced with bright fresh, full fruit sweetness. From the cooler sub-region of Watervale, south of Clare, the Rieslings are crisp, tangy and delicate and this example is no exception. A true expression of vineyards and vintage.