Petaluma Hanlin Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2008
Riesling from Clare Valley, Australia
The 2008 Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling is the product of a drought vintage, which is becoming the norm. However, wonderful balance has been the hallmark of this vineyard since our first vintage in 1979 and in 2008 we achieved low pH and high acid that winemakers dream about. Passionfruit, pear and apple aromas and flavors are backed up by lovely intense lemon-lime with a slatey, mineral dry finish, typical of the Hanlin Hill Vineyard.
Wine Spectator - "This tangy white brims with lemon, pineapple and mayflower flavors, lingering easily on the generous, focused finish. Drink now through 2018. 800 cases imported."
Australian Wine Companion - "As with all the top screwcapped rieslings, not a breath of reduction; a wine still tightly wrapped up, but the perfect balance and length give a gold-plated guarantee the wine will grow exponentially in bottle over decades to come."
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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2 ratings, 2 with reviewsMaynard - San Francisco, CA24/7/2011I don't drink white wines often, but I loved the Chateau St Michelle Eroica Riesling 2008 so thought I'd explore other regions that produce the varietal. I was not a fan of Petaluma, definitely more on the on the dry side than I expected.55/25/2010Petaluma has been one of my favorites for years. It never disappoints. Not a sweet riesling, but very refreshing
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.
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