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Elysian Fields Clare Valley Riesling 2001

Riesling from Clare Valley, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

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.

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Elysian Fields

Elysian Fields

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Elysian Fields, Clare Valley, Australia
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.

Clare Valley

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The Clare Valley is actually a series of narrow north to south valleys, each with a different soil type and slightly different weather patterns along their stretch. In the southern heartland between Watervale and Auburn, there is mainly a crumbled, red clay loam soil called terra-rossa and cool breezes come in from Gulf St. Vincent. A few miles north, in Polish Hill, is soft, red loam over clay and is influenced by westerlies blowing in from the Spencer Gulf.

The differences in soil, elevation, degree of slope and weather enable the region to produce some of Australia’s finest, aromatic, spicy and lime-pithy Rieslings, as well as excellent Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec with ripe plummy fruit, good acid and big structure.

Clare Valley is an isolated farming country with a continental climate known for its warm and sunny days, followed by cool nights—perfect for wine grapes’ development of sugar and phenolic ripeness in conjunction with notable acidity levels.

Riesling

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A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining easily identifiable typicity. This versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Riesling is best known in Germany and Alsace, and is also of great importance in Austria. The variety has also been particularly successful in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, New Zealand, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes region of New York.

In the Glass

Riesling typically produces wine with relatively low alcohol, high acidity, steely minerality and stone fruit, spice, citrus and floral notes. At its ripest, it leans towards juicy peach, nectarine and pineapple, while cooler climes produce Rieslings more redolent of meyer lemon, lime and green apple. With age, Riesling can become truly revelatory, developing unique, complex aromatics, often with a hint of petrol.

Perfect Pairings

Riesling is quite versatile, enjoying the company of sweet-fleshed fish like sole, most Asian food, especially Thai and Vietnamese (bottlings with some residual sugar and low alcohol are the perfect companions for dishes with substantial spice) and freshly shucked oysters. Sweeter styles work well with fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secret

It can be difficult to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling, and German labeling laws do not make things any easier. Look for the world “trocken” to indicate a dry wine, or “halbtrocken” or “feinherb” for off-dry. Some producers will include a helpful sweetness scale on the back label—happily, a growing trend.

CVI406829_2001 Item# 55379