Petaluma Hanlin Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2012
Riesling from Clare Valley, Australia
This Riesling is a full dry style, with lovely delicate floral aromatics and a hint of tropical fruit. Lemon-lime blossom on the nose flows onto the palate, showing trademark citrus flavours with a hint of spice. The natural high acidity gives wonderful lift on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion - "Bright straw-green; a distinguished riesling with a long pedigree courtesy of fully mature estate vines; the lemon blossom fragrance of the bouquet leads into a mouthwatering palate where the initial impact is of lime and lemon fruit before a burst of minerally acidity takes hold, but releases its grip on the aftertaste allowing the fruit the last say."
Wine & Spirits - "Located in the northeastern hills above Clare, Petaluma’s riesling vineyard was planted in 1968 at an altitude between 1,300 and 1,650 feet. Those old vines, growing in red loam over slate, produced a wine with layers of flavor and abundant fruit in 2012. The scents range from lime to orange, with floral highlights. The flavors are riper, hinting at tropical fruits, cinched by a mineral acidity that seems colored by the slate. Best to either enjoy this immediately, or cellar it eight to ten years. A classic from Clare."
Wine Spectator - "Crisp and lively, this delivers a tart mouthful of pear, peach and lime flavors that keep zinging on the dry finish. Best from 2015 through 2025."
Wine Enthusiast - "This is floral on the nose, offering up hints of talcum powder and restrained fruit. Yet the apple, cinnamon and lime flavors bust out on the palate before ending in a long, potent, citrusy finish. Drink now or hold up to 10 years."
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Petaluma, founded by world-famous winemaker Brian Croser, is widely regarded as Australia's pre-eminent small winery. Petaluma wines are made in various vineyard sites, each selected for specific characteristics. View all Petaluma Wines
About Clare ValleyView a map of Clare Valley wineries
Known for its Rieslings, all in screw cap since the year 2000, 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 flavor all their own. The lime flavors and zesty acidity make the wine perfect for summer sipping or pacific rim food (aka, seafood).
Notable FactsSince this is still Australia, let's not leave out Shiraz... Clare Valley does produce red wines and they are well made and tasty. Even though the region is fairly hot, the acidity in the reds is higher than its southern neighbors. Good structure is common in both the reds and whites of the area, which makes them great for food.
About AustraliaLike 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, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria 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.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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.