Monday, February 21, 2022

Rieslingfreak No.2 Polish Hill River Riesling

We cannot tell you how excited we are to get our first allocation of this amazing Dry Riesling!  We have been trying and begging to get it!!
We are excited to introduce Rieslingfreak to Missouri!

Rieslingfreak No.2 Polish Hill River Riesling
Rieslingfreak No.2 is a dry Riesling, showcasing many of the refinements typical of the Polish Hill River. The limestone and shale rock soil profile are reflected in the wine with mineral and slate notes, green apple flavours, and underlying green citrus characters, predominantly lemons and grapefruit. Wines from this vineyard can be consumed upon release, or cellared for many years.

2021 Rieslingfreak Polish Hill No.2 Riesling...$25.99
The Polish Hill River Riesling comes from a single block in the Polish Hill sub-region of the Clare Valley.  John Hughes thinks this vineyard produces the best fruit of all his vineyard sources.Has some generous fruit with strident mineral notes, as well as pure lime. There’s flesh and weight to the palate. Quite fleshy and concentrated with zesty acidity. So drinkable now and will age well. Screw cap.
Rated 95/100 James Suckling
Bright, pale yellow colour, with a very attractive flowery bouquet: gardenia, dried flowers, perhaps boronia. The palate is intense and refined, crisp and linear, with lovely flowing harmony and length. Clean, soft but dry finish. A beautiful young riesling. Grapes from the Jaeschke family vineyard. Drink: 2021-2033
Rated 96/100 The Real Review

More information for the curious:

John Hughes
As the name would suggest, I am a freak for all things Riesling…
What I love most about my line of work is that for me, it’s not a job, it’s my passion. I don’t see my occupation as work, as each day I am creating and working with what I love… Riesling!
Growing up on the family vineyard in the beautiful Clare Valley (a wine region known for its superb Riesling), it was only natural that I had an appreciation for the Riesling variety from a young age. And as I grew up, so did my passion for Riesling. Once old enough to really appreciate a quality Riesling, I found a new appreciation for many European Rieslings, and kept a close eye on what a handful of German winemakers were doing. To this day, I still keep an eye on German winemaking techniques and enjoy referencing their style for inspiration so I can apply to the Rieslingfreak collection.
With a love for the sweeter white wines, my cellar is now stocked with many Kabinett and Spatlese styles from his German counterparts. I can safely credit my appreciation for aged Riesling to my parents; hence you will always find some great aged Riesling in my 30-year-old cellar.
While I love that each and every Rieslingfreak wine can be enjoyed on its own, I love the role that food plays in transforming and completely revolutionising the entire food and wine experience. On weekends, you’ll always find me in the kitchen… and a glass of Riesling is never too far away!
---John Hughes

The Polish Hill River Vineyard was acquired by Rob and Lyn Jaeschke in 2010 and is known locally as the Hill River Vineyard. With Max Schubert (of Penfold’s fame) planting the first vines on the property in 1981, the vineyard was destined for big things. Situated in Polish Hill River, approximately 3 miles south-east of the Clare township, the vineyard is planted on grey-brown loam, over sandy limestone, and shale rock. Planted at 460m above sea level, the average rainfall is 625mm. No.2 is a dry style of Riesling, showcasing many of the refinements typical of the Polish Hill River region. The limestone and shale rock soil profile are reflected in the wine with intense mineral and slate notes, along with underlying fresh citrus characters. The bouquet is awash with aromas of Granny Smith apple, Nashi pear, jasmine and rose; while the palate bursts with bright citrus notes dancing lithely over a grounded flint-like minerality. The mineral component of this wine acts like a conveyer belt, right across the palate, upon which this delightful, nervous energy and flavor spectrum seems to travel. Wines from this region can often be consumed upon release, or cellared for many years. This particular Riesling drinks well now, but will reward with 10+ years of aging.

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