The 2017 KERRIGAN + BERRY is a pale straw colour with lively, steely green tinges. The nose is a perfumed blend of
limes, lemons and more tropical passionfruit.
The initial impression on the palate is that of seamless structure, fine vibrant acids and lingering citrus flavours. The
use of free-run juice only has given the wine “fineness”, balancing the fragile varietal flavours of Riesling.
There is a complex array of flavours in the mouth, dominated by lemons, limes and grapefruit. These are supported by
hints of spice and mineral on the mid-palate and green apple on the impressively long finish.
The 2017 vintage was influenced by a cool wet spring, and a mild summer with above average rainfall and fortunately
a dry finish to autumn. This gave extended ripening periods and produced wines of outstanding flavour and fantastic
It was a bit of a waiting game as harvest started 10 -14 days later than the previous few vintages and restraint was
required to delay picking as the vines needed time to drop acid and develop full flavour ripeness. The cold Mount Barker
nights helped the Kerrigan + Berry Riesling to achieve great results with a linear acid backbone and great limey citrus
aromas while also showing glimpses of floral beauty.
2017 while a difficult vintage will result in some magnificent wines from the Great Southern region. It won’t be attributed
to luck. Good results have been from good site selection and careful management throughout the season.
The refreshing lemons and limes make this wine very appealing in its first year or so. However it may take up to ten
years before this fine steely structure transforms into the toasty, rich, complex wine that is an aged Riesling.