Plantagenet Great Southern Riesling 2012


Concentrated, lifted aromas of green limes and white flowers lead to a palate that is very focused and pure, with lovely citrus flavours, a great textural dimension and a long, intense mineral finish.

A mild and wet spring and early summer contributed to some disease pressure throughout the region. However, with fastidious vineyard management they were largely able to avoid any significant issues on this front. A generally warm and dry February and March reduced this disease pressure and allowed fruit to ripen steadily and good flavours to develop. A hot spell at the beginning of March fast-tracked all the white varieties, finishing off the flavour development nicely, while retaining the hall mark acid profile of the region. Harvest started at Hayview on the 6th March, then Wyjup over three nights from 7th to 19th March with Richards Vineyard on the 13th March.


A number of batches were harvested to provide a range of characters from mineral and citrus through to floral and spice notes to enhance complexity. The grapes were harvested cold at night with just the free run juice and first pressings kept. The crystal clear juice was racked off the lees, inoculated with a neutral yeast strain, fermented cold (10-14°C) and gently cleaned up post ferment. Winemaking was kept simple, with minimal, gentle handling, respectful of preserving the fruit and vineyard qualities as much as possible.

The Plantagenet winery is located in the Mount Barker township, a subdistrict of the Great Southern region in Western Australia. The area is famous for its premium quality, cool climate wine production, its proximity to the Southern Ocean ensuring the slow ripening of the
grapes which enhances fruit composition and aromatic qualities. Plantagenet's five vineyards are located to the south and west of the town. Winemaker John Durham joined from Cape Mentelle in 2007.
12% abv


Plantagenet Great Southern Riesling 2012
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