Brilliant in clarity, almost translucent in color with subtle green tints. The nose is intensely focused, with flavors of lemons and limes intermingling beautifully with the cooler vinatge florals and perfumes. It has a powerfully flavored, yet elegantly styled palate, beautifully balanced and sustained by its natural acidity.
"2009 Clare Valley Mort's Reserve Watervale Riesling Mort Mitchell planted this site 40 years ago, the wine now made by his son, Kevin. The age of the vines shows in the flavor concentration, a mineral bath of lime zest, lemon curd and something deeper in hue, like the pink cast of a peach. The earthy tension of the wine is driven by acidity, integrated into the flavor so it tastes like fruit, finishing dry and savory. Built to age ten years or more."
Wine & Spirits
"Follows the path of Mort's Block, simply adding extra depth and power; at the moment, less lively and expressive, although will flourish with time."
Australian Wine Companion
"The 2009 Mort's Reserve Riesling offers a similar aromatic and flavor profile (it is also barely off-dry) but is richer and broader on the palate. This lengthy effort also has the acid structure to blossom for several more years and offers a drinking window from 2013 to 2024. "
The Wine Advocate
"Vivid straw with a hint of green. Energetic, pure scents of fresh citrus, honeysuckle, chalk and spices. Impressively filigree in texture, with lively lime and pink grapefruit flavors and a strong undercurrent of chalky minerality. Closes on a tangy lime note, with resonating stoniness and lift. I'd love to check in on this wine in another four or five years."
International Wine Cellar
"Sleek, vibrant and tingling with lime, green apple, star fruit and wet-stone aromas and flavors. A textbook Riesling that finishes dry and steely. Best from 2012 through 2020. 50 cases imported."