O'Leary Walker Watervale Riesling 2016 ~ Clare Valley ~ Australia
91/100 The Wine Front
90/100 James Halliday
Halliday 5 Red Star Winery
2016 Prestigious Jimmy Watson Wine Trophy
James Halliday "Bright, light straw-green; the bouquet is complex, with citrus and some wild flower aromas; the palate is rich and full, with a hint of fruit sweetness that isn't off-putting, just encouraging early consumption."
Angus Hughson "The O'Leary Walker comination is one of South Australia's most dependable producers"
Ralph Kyte-Powell "David O'Leary and Nick Walker are among the Clare Valley's most accomplished winemakers"
Established by winemaker-mates, David O'Leary and Nick Walker who earned their reputations making premium wine with large producers.
O'Leary Walker Wines crafts small batches of wine, using handpicked fruit, from some of the best vineyards in South Australia. Grapes are sourced from a vineyward owned by Neil and Heather Grace that has classic Watervale soils, red loam over limestone, with a westerly aspect. Grace's "dry-Grown" vineyard is hand-pruned and hand-picked and relies only on the natural rainfall.
The limestone is able to retain moisture and assist the vine throughout periods of warm weather, almost drought-proofing in the summer months. Viticultural practices include vertical shoot positioning which not only encourages even ripening but also provides important shade to prevent the negative impact of sun-burn on the resultant wine.