Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Rieslingfreak Riesling

Rieslingfreak - we had to beg the importer to give us an allocation of these, and we are glad we did!  Very little comes to the U.S.   They are amazing wines, big scores, and the prices are unbelievable compared to other Dry Rieslings of this caliber!
We have been able to get a few loads of these and our customers love them!
They have had press - but the new issue of The Wine Advocate just scored them all very well too.  These are a slam dunk!

Check out these new scores.
2021 Rieslingfreak Riesling Clare Valley No. 33....$19.99
The fruit for the 2021 No. 33 Riesling is from the Clare Valley. This is Hughes's playground, and he has harnessed the power and generosity inherent in the region and tamed it for our drinking pleasure. This is imbued with a scintillating acid line (the cool, even 2021 season helps here), while the fruit is svelte and generous at once. Nary a hair out of place. Immaculate.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

2021 Rieslingfreak Riesling Eden Valley No. 44.....$19.99
John Hughes is the hero of high-quality, value-for-money Riesling in Australia. We love him for it. The wines start at around $27AUD and soar to over $100AUD, but every cuvée is worth every penny. The 2021 No. 44 is from the Eden Valley and boasts the mineral acid line and taut, austere line that the region does so well. At an elevation of over 440 meters, and the ground littered with skeletal, podzolic soils, the Eden is an ideal place for Riesling, as we see here. Pithy acidity (enhanced, I am sure, by the early pick and resultant 11.5% alcohol) is couched within a field of spring flowers, crushed rocks and citrus zest. Super good.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 92/100 James Suckling
Rated 93/100 Vinous Media

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