Dukes Vineyard Magpie Hill New Block Riesling 2018
- ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 0 out of 5 stars.
- 96 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY
- "THIS IS EVERY BIT AS ELEGANT AND FINE AS MAGPIE HILL RESERVE"
- 94 POINT RATED NICK BUTLER THE REAL REVIEW
- 5 STAR RATED WINERY JAMES HALLIDAY AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION
- PRODUCER OF JAMES HALLIDAY'S WINE OF YEAR 2019
Chilled whole bunches were pressed slowly and gently. The juice was then settled and chilled
before a slow ferment. Big fruit flavours are balanced by fine acidity. Hand picked fruit whole bunch pressed. Full palate of Riesling fruit with a crisp & citrus finish.
96 Point Rated - James Halliday Wine Companion
"Hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed by Mike Garland in a large bag press. This is every bit as elegant and fine as Magpie Hill Reserve, the flavour intensity and the citrus/apple flavours in a slightly different idiom. It will richly reward extended cellaring."
94 Point Rated - Nick Butler The Real Review
"Overtly floral, white flowers and lime blossom. Minerals and talcum powder. It's deceptive, delicate and pristine at first, a serious line of acidity and intensity emerges. Needs time to settle. A real sleeper"
Duke and Hilde Ranson ended their long search for the perfect property to establish their vineyard as their "retirement". The first vine was planted on Duke's 60th birthday, on the 5th August, 1999. When other people think of retirement, Duke and Hilde Ranson started their wine-making careers.
With Duke’s background in Agriculture and a long love affair with wine, it was not altogether a surprise when Duke and Hilde purchased a block in the Riesling belt in the Porongurup.
They decided to plant beautiful Riesling, beloved Cabernet Sauvignon (by Duke) and spicy Shiraz. Ten hectares of vines were planted on the 60 hectare farm. ‘Porongurup Pure’ sheep are agisted on the remaining acreage. The vineyard is situated at the foot of the heritage-listed Porongurup Range and also overlooks the Stirling Range to the north. It is a cool climate region producing soft reds and is a premium region for Riesling. The cellar door opened in 2002, to serve their first ever vintage, 2001 Riesling.
The entire staff consists of six, with Duke and Hilde included. They are a small, passionate, family orientated crew, who all know the place like the back of their hand.
Duke’s Vineyard is the dream that is now reality - and although retirement is looming, Duke and Hilde remain as enthusiastic about their project as they were on the day they first saw the property.
Great Southern, Western Australia
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