2020 Huesgen & Margan Riesling
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2020 HUESGEN MARGAN TRABENER WŰRZGARTEN RIESLING

Back in the vintage of 1981 when I was working at Tyrrell’s here in the Hunter Valley I had the pleasure of working beside a young German who had come to Australia for the harvest businesses in the late nineties. In 2018 I visited Germany with my family, to travel their wine regions, and once again caught up with Ado and his wonderful family. From that meeting we decided that we needed to make some wine together! Made using German handcrafted viticulture and handpicked at optimum ripeness before being made using Australian winemaking techniques.

Vineyard

The single vineyard Trabener Würzgarten directly sits above the twin town Traben-Trarbach on the banks of the Middle Mosel. Classified in the 1897 classification as Grand Cru vineyard it has been producing outstanding wines since. The soil of this steep Mosel slope is a grey slate stone that in certain parts is highly weathered. I can vouch for the steepness of the vineyard as Lisa and I helped pick the grapes for this wine. If you didn’t hang onto the vine above with one hand and jam your bucket up against the vine you were picking you and your bucket would fall to the road below.

Winemaking

A quick ferment at 15 degrees with natural yeast and filtration and it went straight into bottle. It is made in very much a GG style in that is 12 % alcohol, 8.1 g/l acidity and 6g/l of residual sugar. Most importantly it is balanced with ripe fruit and a wonderful strength of natural acid to provide balance to the fullness of the palate.

Tasting Notes

Picked at the ideal ripeness of 12.1 % sugar and 8 g/l of acid with ripe primary fruit characters of nashi pear and a prickly acidity. The wine evolved out of fermentation with hints of ginger and lychee and ripe pineapple on the nose. The palate is balanced and structured around its strength of ripe fruit and lifted acid backbone. A small level of phenolics left in the wine has helped to strengthen the back palate of the wine. It is built to drink now and to age.

Wine Composition

Titratable Acidity                                 8.1g/L    

Alcohol                                                  12%       

Residual Sugar                                      6 g/L      

Food Match

Snapper bake with fennel and tomato

Accolades

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Cellaring PotentialAccolades

20 years plus

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Growing Season

Small bunches and intensely flavoured fruit with bright aromatics were a characteristic of the 2019 vintage, resulting in beautifully ripe and healthy fruit that we handpicked early February. Fruit quality was exceptionally high.

Vineyard

Our Barbera vineyard was planted In 1998 with cuttings from an original Italian clone on our Ceres Hill vineyard, just behind the winery on a streak of red volcanic soil. The great thing about Barbera is that it holds its acidity while achieving full flavour (phenological) ripeness making It very suitable to growing In the changing climate.

Winemaking

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Tasting Notes

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Wine Composition

pH                                                          3.46

Titratable Acidity                                7.0g/L

Alcohol                                                  13.5%

Residual Sugar                                     <1g/L

Food Match

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Cellaring Potential

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Growing Season

With much welcomed spring rain in 2020 we saw excellent canopy balance through all vineyards for our 2021 vintage. A mild summer allowed for excellent acid retention and a long ripening period resulting in elegant fruit character and seamless acid balance in white wines coming from 2021.

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 Winemaking

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Wine Composition

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Titratable Acidity                                7.4 g/L

Alcohol                                                  11.7%

Residual Sugar                                     11 g/L

 

Vine Age/Clone

Heritage Shiraz Clonal plantings on 50yr old rootstocks

 

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Cellaring Potential

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VINEYARD

This wine is mostly sourced from our Ceres Hill Vineyard (Merlot and Barbera) with these grapes grown on the parcels of red volcanic soils. We add a small volume of Pinot Grigio grown on our Saxonvale Vineyard on the Fordwich Sill which adds texture to the palate.

WINEMAKING

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TASTING NOTES

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WINE COMPOSITION

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Titratable Acidity                                       7.5 g/L

Alcohol                                                         12 %

Residual Sugar                                           < 2g/L

VINE AGE/CLONE

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Vineyard

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Winemaking

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Tasting Notes

The wine has aromatic notes of lime zest and crisp, nashi pear and sea spray. The palate has juicy lime, sherbet, grapefruit, pear and lemon balm. The palate is textural with mineral notes and finishes with refreshing acidity and a characteristic touch of salinity, paying homage to its coastal origins.

 

Wine Composition

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Titratable Acidity                                8.7 g/L

Alcohol                                                  12.5%

Residual Sugar                                     < 1g/L

Vine Age

7 years

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Grilled garfish with harissa roasted capsicum, squash and eggplant

 

Cellaring Potential

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