Wild Duck Creek Mallard Riesling 2022

Wild Duck Creek Mallard Riesling 2022

  • Australia
  • Riesling
  • ABV 12.8
  • Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass

Stuart McCloskey “Commonly, I find too many Aussie Riesling’s of the same ilk. Fashionably linear and often painful to enjoy in their youth. Hallelujah to a winemaker who doesn’t give a toss about fashion or critics. Here we have a winemaker who stays true to himself… The bouquet is a delight and fills the glass with heady aromatics of lavender, mandarin peel, jasmine, quince, confit citrus peel, smoked lemon and pear. Mineral tones are lifted with time in the glass. The palate feel is dry, generous and envelopes with buttered citrus, waves of spiced orchard fruits and a lovely lick of sea salt. The length is astonishing. Minerality and salty citrus notes resonate. Taut and slender, this is not. Instead, we have a generous, moreish and supremely balanced beauty… Liam suggests cellaring over the next 10-20 years. I would love to see this after a decade in the bottle. Today, this is merely brilliant. Served using Zalto Universal glassware.”

Mike Bennie, The Wine Front "A bit of an ace in the hole is the white wine program at Wild Duck Creek. Liam Anderson of course had to twist David Anderson’s arms a few times to slip some white grapes into the winery, I imagine. Anyway, this riesling is barrel fermented and also sees stainless steel. This comes from two Wild Duck Creek vineyards. The label has been given a tweak from the one displayed too.

Delicious riesling, has this mellow feel to it, textural and soft, a savoury vein and yet cool, briny acidity keeping things fresh. It’s not marching to the beat of ‘classic Aus riesling’ tropes, far away, it’s clad in baked apple, nectarine, preserved lemon, ginger, oatmeal and light alpine herbs. It’s very detailed and very good with a curious, almost nourishing feel to the wine. Of course it’s persistent in its flavours, has enough tension to speak of cellaring time yielding good things. Fantastic outre expression."

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"Today, the area under vine totals some 15 ha that are dedicated to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon and have helped them achieve cult status"

David and Diana Anderson first planted vines in their family-run Heathcote estate Wild Duck Creek Estate in 1974. Today, the area under vine totals some 15 ha that are dedicated to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon and has helped them achieve cult status in the eyes of many. Their first commercial release was in 1991 and things have only got better with the couple now joined by their son, Liam who is going full steam ahead with biodynamic practices in the vineyard.

In the winery, traditional winemaking techniques are the status quo, with winemakers David and Liam choosing to use open top fermenters, basket presses and the finest French barrels and American hogsheads for extended ageing. Produced only in exceptional years, the Reserve Shiraz uses fruit predominantly from the Original Vineyard that has been barrel aged and then selected for the final blend after extensive tasting. A blockbuster with high alcohol, its richness is seamlessly balanced by moderating acidity and ripe tannins, which prevent it from becoming syrupy. The Springflat Shiraz comes from a small 1ha site planted in 1988 that yields just over 20,000 bottles annually. After maturing in French and American oak barrels for a year or more, the wine is bottled unfiltered for maximum flavour expression that results in a deeply coloured, sweet-fruited red with an intense concentration and a long finish. Renowned American wine critic, Robert Parker regularly awards these wines 90 points or more.
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