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Stunning new vintage 2007 Clare Valley Riesling released
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Angove’s Vineyard Select range has been a standout success in raising the profile of the 121 Year Old family owned winery since it was launched in 2003. The single region, and in many cases, single vineyard, wines all speak of the region and variety for which they are most renown and showcase the winemaking skills of the Angove team.
The newly released 2007 Angove’s Vineyard Select Clare Valley Riesling continues this tradition and with the four preceding vintages all receiving 90+ points in Wine Spectator (USA) it has some tough acts to follow.
Sourced from two distinctly different vineyards in the Watervale sub region, this wine epitomises why Riesling has long been linked with the Clare Valley as they regions “hero” variety. One vineyard has slate over loam soil and faces the North East at a “high elevation”. This site provides the mineral characters to the wine. The other vineyard sits atop terra rossa soil with underlying limestone looking to the West and contributes the lifted citrus aromatics.
“2007 was an extremely challenging vintage. Dry conditions, with extreme temperature spikes meant timing the harvest ones of the earliest on record, was critical. These conditions greatly reduced the fruit available and as a result only 2416 (9L) cases were produced. Careful removal of any shrivelled fruit in both the vineyard and in pre pressing tirage resulted in the pressing of pure, unspoilt Riesling fruit with intense flavours that have flowed through to the finished wine,” Tony Ingle, Angove’s senior winemaker, said.