The Hanlin Hill vineyard was planted in 1968 (by Len Evans) on a west-facing slope on the eastern edge of the Clare Valley at relatively high altitude – 550m. The soils are predominantly red loam over slate – “hard rock” as it were. The 2015 vintage is the first to be made at Petaluma’s new 2000-tonne winery at Woodside. A capacity which highlights Petaluma’s growth since 1976, when the crush was around 150 tonnes. Pleased about the new production facility, Hardy emphasised the importance of capacity and the winery’s skew to white winemaking given the logistical issues which climate change has posed in recent early, fast and furious vintages. He remarked that Riesling has been picked in February for the last five years – way earlier than when he started at Petaluma in 1982. Sparkling is picked in January, whilst March used to be the norm said the winemaker, speculating about whether Australia might end up with two vintages a year. As for Hanlin Hill Riesling 2015, it was hand-picked between 16-26th February. The free run juice was cold settled. Partially clarified juice was then warmed and inoculated with a select yeast and fermented in stainless steel tanks.
The Wine Front: 89/100
James Halliday 95 points!
“From vines planted in ’68, this single vineyard Clare riesling has an enviable track record, and the 2015 follows admirably. Classic Clare lime blossom, flowing effortlessly to the mineral-laden and powerful finish.”
James Halliday Wine Companion, 2017
Jeremy Oliver 94 points!
“Classically long and dry; with vibrant, pear, apple and lime juice flavour.”
Jeremy Oliver, February 2017