2013 Four Winds Vineyard Riesling

four winds rieslingA wine which I’ve followed with interest for a while now. There’s been steady progress over four years and this is the best release I’ve tasted.

Aromas and flavours are very much aligned with its predecessors; lime and lemon zest, red apples, under-ripe mango and grapefruit with accentuated white flowers. A touch of what I perceive as roundness related to residual sugar – although it’s far from an off-dry expression and the detail is particularly impressive. Talc-like texture and a long pithy finish. Very pretty, very balanced and very difficult to deny. 92

Region: Canberra District
Alcohol: 11.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $22
Tasted: January 2014


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7 Responses to 2013 Four Winds Vineyard Riesling

  1. Gerald Bonython says:

    I thought all clones of Riesling were had Germanic heritage?

    • To be more precise Gerald, these are an American development of Germanic Riesling Clones – I should have included that and I’ll edit the note now. Etiology is always a complex matter. Most people believe Riesling grapes originated in the Rheingau region although there are alternative theories involving the Romans. I guess I was referring to was my perception of a more Germanic expression of the grape that could perhaps be a result of the clones used. My apologies for any imprecision.

  2. Bill Crowe says:

    Thank you for the kind words Jeremy. I arrived in Australia and started making the wines at fwv with my wife Jaime in january 2011 and the 2013 season has been hands down the best I have seen. We have two blocks of riesling on the property and I sourced fruit from both blocks for this wine. The majority is from a block that is planted with the d2v2 clone of riesling which is a riesling Clone out of davis in California. A smaller percentage is from the other block that is planted with the geisenheim clone out of Germany.
    Bill Crowe
    Four Winds Vineyard

  3. Thanks for the additional information Bill. Much appreciated.

  4. Michael Charles says:

    ‘Very difficult TO deny’. Couldn’t help myself :).

  5. What I wouldn’t do for a full time sub-editor :)

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