The 2021 Teardrop grew in a season that is a great Riesling year. Brisk and ample natural acids have complemented the fruit power. Trademarked flavours from Mount Barker are on display here: powerful white floral (jasmine, honeysuckle) and lime/lemon punch fill the front and midpalate before focusing in the end on a long crunchy finish which will develop into marmalade characters on aging.
Riesling is purity and heartbreak in a glass. There is no truer expression of soil, aspect and climate but at the same time this late ripening prima donna is not forgiving of lesser sites or management. Mount Barker is one of the sub-regions of the Great Southern region in WA and home to many mature dry grown Riesling vineyards. We have sourced the Teardrop Riesling from a vineyard with 25 year old Riesling vines.
The pristine fruit is pressed immediately and the free run component up to 300-400L/T with the delicate citrus and floral aromatics is pressed to tank and clarified. The next 100L/T is pressed direct to large old oak and allowed to ferment naturally with full solids. This gives richness and texture to the Teardrop Riesling without compromising delicacy. The balance is pressings which are sold to other producers….