|Wine||Ashton Hills Estate|
|Wine Maker||Steven George|
Hi once again wine lovers! Let’s move onto the warmer weather here; and with it, the white wines. (Although there is an important red wine that will deserve a review in the near future.) Tonight, it’s all about the summer and the crisp whites as I look at a Riesling from a winery which primarily is famous for its Pinot Noirs. Thus, Ashton Hills, nestled in the back of the Adelaide foothills in Piccadilly Valley produces some of South Australia’s finest and most recognised Pinots. However, it is the crisp Riesling that gets the look in tonight.
Colour: Pale Straw with a soft golden hue.
Aroma: Lifted aromas of citrus, lime and lemon. The longer the wine was left out and got a little bit of warmth within the glass it started to resemble the scent of lemon blossom, and curd. Quite floral upfront, but you can pick up nuances of cooking apples and chalk too, although the minerality is nowhere anything like that you find from this variety out of the Clare Valley.
Palate: It’s soft and well rounded, you could nearly borderline call it elegant. (Not a term you hear too much around this variety.) Lemon rind and grapefruit drive the front of this wine. It then turns rather floral and we start to get the introduction of apple peel which acts as the kind of mineral barrier to this wine to keep things in check without this wine being too fruit forward. The finish comes along with a slight sweetness brought around by citrus rind and blossom flowers.
Personal thoughts: A surprisingly simple, yet fantastic Riesling from the Adelaide Hills. In terms of acidity and balance, it is spot on. It is a wine that is not overly complex in nature, but extremely drinkable. I was surprised just how quick I worked my way through the bottle. James Halliday said this is a “Riesling lover’s wine.” I completely agree with that statement. It provides everything you want out of this variety. Its simplicity and elegance makes it a wine that you can get through with ease with food, but more so, by itself. Dear Aston Hills, show me more of your Riesling, it is on par with your Pinot Noirs. A very nice surprise from what you’re famous for.
Drink: Now to 2027
The SA Wine Guy