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  • 2021 Riesling, Skillogalee Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2021 Riesling, Skillogalee

    £2100

    The grapes for this dry Riesling are grown on low-yielding vines, along the contours on the highest slopes of the Skillogalee Estate at about 500 metres above sea level.

    In the glass the nose has a perfumed lift of jasmine, orange blossom spice and lemon zest. The palate is full-flavoured with excellent fruit concentration and texture. Flavours of lemon, lime zest and pith prevail, with hints of citrus spice and succulent, juicy acidity emerging thereafter. Structurally, this wine has impressive length, a lively natural acid backbone and a mouth-wateringly powerful finish.

    Drink now with fish, seafood or white meat dishes, or cellar for 5 years or more.

    With cool and dry weather, the 2021 vintage in the Clare Valley produced lovely fruit with excellent varietal character and natural acidity. The cool growing season was preceded by late-winter and early-spring rains which allowed for good spring growth on the vines. This was followed by below average rainfall and dry conditions for the remainder of the season, resulting in a vintage that produced beautiful and classic Clare wines with smaller bunches and grapes therefore reducing Riesling yield.

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  • 2018 Riesling, Skillogalee Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2018 Riesling, Skillogalee

    £2100

    The grapes for this dry Riesling are grown on low-yielding vines, along the contours on the highest slopes of the Skillogalee Estate at about 500 metres above sea level.

    In the glass this lovely ageing Riesling has intense lime and citrus aromas that dominate the nose with green apple, orange rind and talc also chiming in. Richly textured mouthfeel with concentrated lemon and lime flavours flooding the mouth. Underlying orange rind, talc and mineral characters follow on. Finishes dry with vibrant crisp acidity and a long powerful aftertaste of lime, citrus, orange rind, talc and spice.

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  • 2017 HRB Riesling , HardysWhite Wine

    2017 HRB Riesling , Hardys

    £2195

    Hardys – you may have thought that they only produce those cheap supermarket wines but they also produce some of Australia’s best premium wines.   HRB wines also known as Heritage Reserve Bin are exceptional multi-regional wines that offer incredible value and we urge you to try them!

    BinD674 otherwise known as the 2017 HRB Riesling is made from fruit sourced from the Clare Valley and Tasmania. Brilliant water like colour with a slight tinge of green around the outskirts. Elevated lime juice and orange rind aromas interplay with citrusy talc like characters, green apple and steely mineral notes. Unfolding across the palate are intense lime and citrus flavours backed by a steely mineral infused core. Subtle orange rind and crunchy green apple elements are also apparent. Exceptional power, finishing dry with crisp mouth watering acidity and a long aftertaste.

    HRB – Heritage Reserve Bin wines push the boundaries of winemaking through the cross-regional blending of hand-selected grapes. The distinct characteristics of the grapes from each region are considered and selected to complement and enhance each other. Only the premier Australian regions for each varietal are considered for inclusion in each vintage. The result is a complex, unique expression of the varietal, that retains the finest character of each terroir. The HRB range continues to evolve to provide the very best multi-regional, varietal wine from each vintage.

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  • 2021 Gewurztraminer, Skillogalee Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2021 Gewurztraminer, Skillogalee

    £2250

    Skillogalee crafts their Gewurztraminer in the classic style – textural, aromatic and spicy with a crisp finish.

    The grapes for this wine come from vines on the Skillogalee Estate that are grown using minimal intervention and sustainable farming practices to minimise the impact on our environment. The wine exhibits distinctive Gewurztraminer flavours, with wonderful aromas of ginger and cinnamon mixed with floral perfumes of rose petals, Turkish Delight and lychees.

    A fantastic food matching wine, spanning most genres, top of the list should be lightly-spiced, contemporary Asian food, fresh summertime salads and flavoursome white meat dishes.

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  • 2017 Shiraz ‘Watervale Single Vineyard’, Jim Barry Wine Republic Heros Red Wine

    2017 Shiraz ‘Watervale Single Vineyard’, Jim Barry

    £2250

    This 2017 Shiraz comes from a single-vineyard sourced from the Florita vineyard in Watervale.  The Shiraz block is planted on a gentle northwest facing slope that takes full advantage of Clare Valley climate.

    It is an opulent wine with expressive aromas of rich, bright red fruits that are supported by classic Clare Valley spice. Beautifully structured with fine savoury tannins and terrific length of vibrant fruit on the palate.  This is not your typical Clare Valley Shiraz!   The opulent nature of the wine could be due to winemaking that saw one-third of the grapes being co-fermented with 15% of whole bunch fruit to impart complexity and an aromatic lift to the wine.   The wine then went through malolactic fermentation (a process where tart malic acid in wine converts to softer, creamier lactic acid) before being transferred to oak barrels for 12 months of ageing.

    A terrific mouthful of wine!

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  • 2020 Riesling ‘Single Vineyard McKay’s, Jim Barry Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2020 Riesling ‘Single Vineyard McKay’s, Jim Barry

    £2500

    JThis Riesling was sourced from the McKay’s vineyard in Watervale. South or east-facing slopes are best suited for Riesling as they are shielded from the hot northerly winds that can occur during summer and also receive the cooler morning sun. The soil in the McKay’s vineyard is clay over limestone, which is free draining. The Clare valley climate is continental with a high diurnal temperature difference with clear skies. The cool nights lead to the preservation of crisp natural acidity and delicate flavours.

    The wine displays minerality on the nose, with characters of crunchy green apples and wet slate. A firm acid line drives through the palate with lime, citrus and a mineral finish. It has a lush silky flow and a calming finish.

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  • 2018 Basket Pressed Shiraz, SkillogaleeRed Wine

    2018 Basket Pressed Shiraz, Skillogalee

    £2595

    Matured in a combination of French and American oak hogsheads this classically styled Clare Valley Shiraz displays a totally opaque inky black crimson colour with dark crimson black tinged hue. Luscious ripe blackberry and liquorice top notes exude from the glass followed by some dark chocolate, vanillin oak and a faint hint of spearmint as an endnote. Rich and full-bodied the palate features a plush flavour profile of ripe blackberry, dark plum and liquorice over some spearmint and vanillin oak-like characters. Velvet smooth tannins with long blackberry, liquorice, spearmint and vanillin oak aftertaste.

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  • 2013 Watervale Riesling, Mount Horrocks Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2013 Watervale Riesling, Mount Horrocks

    £2695

    In the glass, this wine is a beguiling light straw green colour with a delicately fragrant floral orange blossom note.  As it opens up green apples, spice, a little pear and ginger waft out and avail the senses.  On the palate, it is bright and lively with juicy fruits wrapped in taught mineral acidity. It feels all silky-slippery in the mouth, such is the appealing texture and weight of this racy, dry Riesling that it can be cellared with the utmost confidence for 10-15 years. This benchmark Clare Valley Riesling, having been lovingly aged in our cellar is now after 7 years approaching its peak.  Enjoy and thank us later!

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  • 2013 Watervale Riesling, clos Clare Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2013 Watervale Riesling, clos Clare

    £2750

    As the third generation of the Barry winemaking family, brothers Sam & Tom Barry now hold the keys to this boutique winery. Riesling is the Clare Valley’s signature variety and this is the 3rd vintage from clos Clare’s Riesling patch, adjoining the historic ‘Florita’ vineyard in Watervale.

    In the glass, it has a brilliant water-like colour with a faint greenish tinge around the edges and watery hue. The nose displays zesty lemon and lime aromas infused with mineral and a hint of talc. Crisp with crunchy acidity and excellent concentration the palate possesses mouth-filling flavours of lemon and lime followed by some fresh green apple, a touch of orange rind and mineral with a snappy finish. Long aftertaste of lemon, lime and mineral.

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  • 2013 Alea Riesling, Grosset Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2013 Alea Riesling, Grosset

    £2950

    The Alea Riesling comes from a narrow corridor of hard red rock with poor, orangey, red loam vineyard reminded Jeff of the great German rieslings that were not fully dry, he decided to take a very different approach to the creation of Alea. With moderate baumes, high acidity and low pH, the aim was to make a wine with a generous palate balanced by zippy natural acidity on the finish.

     The 2013 Grosset Alea Riesling is delightfully floral with white flowers and a whisper of lemon blossom and fresh garden herbs. There are lime juice flavours, a hint of lemon and a beautifully balanced long generous palate that leads to a gentle grip and zingy dry finish. “The Alea has come of age” says Jeff. “This vintage is a fraction drier than previous releases and is wonderfully complex while remaining delicate and perfectly balanced. We put this down to equal measures of vineyard maturity and experience.”

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  • 2011 Watervale Riesling, Mount Horrocks Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2011 Watervale Riesling, Mount Horrocks

    £2995

    In the glass, this wine is a beguiling light straw green colour with a delicately fragrant floral orange blossom note.  As it opens up green apples, spice, a little pear and ginger waft out and avail the senses.  On the palate, it is bright and lively with juicy fruits wrapped in taught mineral acidity. It feels all silky-slippery in the mouth, such is the appealing texture and weight of this racy, dry Riesling that it can be cellared with the utmost confidence for 10-15 years. This benchmark Clare Valley Riesling, having been lovingly aged in our cellar is now after 7 years approaching its peak.  Enjoy and thank us later!

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  • 2018 The Florita Riesling, Jim Barry Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2018 The Florita Riesling, Jim Barry

    £3350

    The 2018 Florita is a wine of immense purity and drive that is bursting with intense aromas of lemon, lime and citrus blossom. The tightly wound palate delivers laser focussed acidity and crisp lime juice at its core and shows all the hallmarks of Florita Riesling.

    The famed Florita Vineyard is synonymous with the classic grape variety and was planted with Riesling grapes by Leo Buring in 1962. In 1986, the Barry family acquired the 32-hectare property. Florita’ is Spanish for ‘little flower’ and the first release of this micro-batch of premium Riesling was in 2004; it was the fruit of years of patience. Individual rows are selected where the terra rossa and loam soils barely cover the deep limestone below and the vines deliver a wonderful elegance. The Clare Valley climate is continental, with a high diurnal temperature difference. The cool nights allow the Riesling vines to preserve the crisp natural acidity and delicate flavours.

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  • 2021 The Florita Riesling, Jim Barry Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2021 The Florita Riesling, Jim Barry

    £3350

    Jim Barry’s iconic and outstanding single-vineyard Riesling, The Florita, stands tall at the top of the tree for Clare Valley Riesling.

    Located fifteen kilometres south of Clare township in the tiny village of Watervale, Florita – Spanish for ‘little flower’ – comes from a famous Riesling vineyard planted to Palamino in 1946 for making Fino Sherry but was replanted to Riesling in 1962. This was the birthplace of Leo Buring Watervale Riesling and the Florita vineyards, where legendary winemaker John Vickery sourced his grapes for his great Watervale Rieslings of the 1960s and 1970s.

    The 80-acre vineyard was bought by Mark, Peter and John Barry in 1986. First released as the ‘Florita Riesling’ in 2004 by Jim Barry Wines, this micro-batch Riesling is made from grapes hand-selected from individual rows. Its best fruit comes from vines planted in shallow loamy soils and the vineyard has good air-drainage which alleviates the risk of frost. A wine with a reputation second to none for consistency and a true benchmark wine.

    The 2021 is a simply astonishing incarnation that Riesling lovers would be remiss to not have in their cellar. Drink 2027 – 2050 +

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  • 2015 ‘The McRae Wood’ Shiraz, Jim Barry Wine Republic Heros Red Wine

    2015 ‘The McRae Wood’ Shiraz, Jim Barry

    £3500

    This Shiraz honours the vision of pioneer Clare Valley winemaker Jim Barry. In 1964, Jim purchased 28 hectares of prime land from Duncan McRae Wood and planted his first vineyard with Shiraz. It was an inspired choice of both grape variety and location.

    This wine displays lovely red and purple tones in the glass.  Red and purple fruits carry onto the palate supported by a rich, earthy undertone and fine silky tannins giving the wine terrific structure, great length and persistent flavour.  Rich, vibrant aromas of blackcurrant and briary fruits with hints of vanillin oak and spice.

    Made using the ‘Jim Barry’ method and as such can be enjoyed upon release, but would equally benefit from cellaring to allow the wine to show some mature characteristics that come with age.

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  • 2010 The Florita Riesling, Jim Barry Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2010 The Florita Riesling, Jim Barry

    £3800

    This legendary dry Riesling from Jim Barry has matured under optimum conditions and displays the complexities that fine Australian Riesling develops over time.

    The 2012 Florita Riesling has an ultra reserved pristine nose of lovely lifted kaffir lime leaves and musky, floral notes with a hint of fresh lemongrass. The palate is all about delicacy, power, finesse and
    balance, with a huge amount of length and structure coming from the natural acid backbone and the generosity of the lime citrus centred fruit.
    A magnificent cellar worthy Riesling.

    The Florita has an incredible story, and we urge you to read it below in the ‘Producer info’ section.

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