Like all great wines, this wine has a story. The Lethbridge Riesling journey started with the Barrett’s vineyard in Henty, a sweet spot for this noble grape variety. Sadly in 2014 the vines were pulled, and the block sold for housing, thus a new journey began, to find another source of quality Riesling. In 2016 we found a great vineyard in Strathbogie which produced a wine of intensity and drive. In 2017 I turned my hand with fruit from King Valley and Geelong. Again, the wine was delicious, but my heart still yearned for Henty.
In 2018, after 12 years of working with Jack and Louis Doeven in Drumborg they finally granted me access to their Riesling and the result is exactly why I covet this cool Victorian region.
The wine is fermented in stainless steel and a 1300L foudre, and we halted fermentation slightly before nature would have to leave approx 20g/L residual sugar, just enough to balance the incredible acidity. The wine thrills with zesty lime and lemon and finishes so deliciously fresh that you atuomatically reach for the second glass.
I hope you enjoy this wine as much as I enjoyed making it.