Fireblock Dry Riesling Watervale Clare Valley 2008 Front Label
Fireblock Dry Riesling Watervale Clare Valley 2008 Front Label

Fireblock Dry Riesling Watervale Clare Valley 2008

    750ML / 12% ABV
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    750ML / 12% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Tight and tangy, weaving lemon and star fruit flavors into a nice thread that persists through the long finish. Drink now through 2014.

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    Fireblock, Australia
    This is a new label owned by Bill and Noel Ireland (of Flinders Bay fame). The name refers to the plot of dirt that was planted back in 1926 predominantly to Grenache. It had been previously designated a “fireblock” given its proximity to the railway line, and out of concern that sparks from the steam locomotives could start bushfires!! I managed to persuade Bill and Noel to capture the magic of these old dry grown Grenache and Shiraz vines.

    With a continuous history of winemaking dating back to 1852, the stone buildings and wineries of the Clare Valley add to the region's striking and varied beauty. It is a high quality producer of long-lived, intensely flavored and strongly structured table wines, virtually all of which are made in limited quantities.

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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; westerlies blowing in from the Spencer Gulf influece this area's climate.

    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.

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    HNYFIKRIG08C_2008 Item# 102588

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