Elysian Fields Clare Valley Riesling 2001
Riesling from Clare Valley , Australia
The colour is light pale green with brilliant green hues. The bouquet shows a complex and intense mixture of aromas - limes, lemons, oriental spice, and orange blossom. Typical of the Clare Riesling style, the primary fruit flavours are lifted and enhanced by flinty/wet slate aromas.
The palate shows elegance and finesse in true Clare Valley Riesling style. The intense, yet delicate lime, lemon and spice characters are bountiful on the front palate, supported by a steely/flinty/slate backbone. The natural acidity in the wine is perfectly balanced to give the wine a long, pleasantly clean and crisp lemon finish. This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to 15 years.
Elysian Fields Winery
Founded in 1999, Elysian Fields is one of Australia's newer wine labels, and it's already being embraced as one of the country's most promising. The label is owned and run by one of Australia's leading young winemakers, Tim Burvill. Tim is a graduate of the University of Adelaide with an Honours degree in Oenology. And his previous winemaking experience was with Penfolds. There, he was responsible for his super premium white wines, including one of Australia's most expensive chardonnays, Yattarna. Tim's winemaking philosophy is to obtain the finest grapes from the region where the variety grows best. He then uses minimal intervention in the winemaking process in order to preserve the natural fruit flavors and remain faithful to the terroir.
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About Clare Valley
Known for its Rieslings, the wines of Clare Valley are distinctive. The Riesling here is dry, dry, dry. Delicate yet firm, these wines won't remind you of Germany or Alsace - they have a character all their own. The lime and mineral flavors, paired with zesty acidity, make the wine perfect for summer sipping or pairing with seafood.
Notable Facts Since this is still Australia, let's not leave out Shiraz... Clare Valley does produce red wines and they are well made and tasty. Despite the fairly warm temperatures, the acidity in Clare Valley red wines are typically higher than wines produced further south. Good structure is a key characteristic, making Clare Valley wines ideal for pairing with food.
Like the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale
, Clare Valley
and Barossa Valley
. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley
, while the smaller, southern state of
is best known for theYarra Valley
. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River
at the southern tip.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.