Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"Pale straw with lime green hues and silver flashes. On the nose you are met with sweet spring scents of citrus blossom and wild flowers. The variety of fragrant herbs and green/yellow fruits that develop with time provide intrigue and reward. In the mouth intense flavours of lemonade, guava and honey-dew melon take you to a slightly more tropical place than the nose would suggest. Lighter in alcohol the wines body is attributed to the soft clover honey sweetness from the residual sugar. Thai inspired balance is achieved by this sweetness perfectly tempering the driving saline acidity. All elements are left to ring out on the finish from a drying nashi pear crunch. Hello, old friend…
Here at The Bone Line we set a very high standard for our Hellblock Riesling, the purity, intensity and balance must be just right. For this reason, the wine has eluded us for several seasons back to back. The 2018 season provided the perfect climatic conditions for great Riesling and this combined with some intuitive winegrowing, allowed us to craft this favourite once again (previous release was 2014). This wine began with the harvest of fruit from our river side terrace sharing the same name. The fruit here was delicate and extremely intense because of meticulously hand working of the vine/crop by the crew and the sheltered environment in which it grows. Nearly a month later we picked a small portion of our top terrace Riesling which due to being more exposed to the sun and drying wind had developed robust and more grounded characters. Both components were hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and fermented as bright juice in small stainless-steel vessels. Based on twice daily tastings the fermentation was stopped when the balance between the acidity and unfermented sweetness was just right. The two components were then blended, stabilized and filtered over winter and bottled in early spring."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, August 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"Beautifully fruited and elegantly fragrant, the bouquet shows lemon/lime peel, Gala apple, nectarine and subtle spice aromas, leading to a concentrated palate that is focused and refined. The wine offers terrific fruit purity backed by vibrant acidity, finishing long and very appealing. Style: Off-dry. At its best: now to 2026."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"Already highly appealing, the 2018 vintage is a medium style (21 grams/litre residual sugar). Bright, light lemon/green, it is medium-bodied, with good intensity of citrusy, limey flavours, showing excellent freshness and vigour, and a finely balanced, lingering finish. Best drinking 2021+."