Petaluma Riesling 2002 Fast Facts:
Variety: Riesling
Region: Clare Valley, South Australia
Country: Australia
Winemaker: Brian Croser
Closure: Cork
Alcohol: 12.8%

At the time that this was initially released, Brian Croser said that he thought that this was the best Riesling made from the Hanlin Hill vineyard since the famous 1980 Petaluma Riesling. This was the 23rd consecutive vintage that Brian had made Riesling from this vineyard, so he should be in a position to know.

Brian has also compared the excellent 2005 release (and his last vintage with Petaluma) to this wine, so it will be interesting to see if the 2005 develops along the same lines.

I saw this wine recently for $30AUD on re-release at a local liquor store, so I thought it would be a good chance to try it, even though it was the cork version rather than the screwcap release.

Tasting Note: A very pale straw green in colour. On opening it is showing tight, delicate floral and minerally scents as well as hints of lime. The superbly balanced dry palate has an excellent acid structure as well as the intense, pure layers of fruit to stand up to it. It exhibits a long, clean finish that completes the overall stunning package. The kind of wine that makes me glad I got into wine.

After two hours it was still super tight (and still super delicious) with no real signs of opening up.

When to Drink: I would be putting this away for another 5 years before trying again, and would think that it will peak in around 10-15 years time.

Verdict: I haven’t had the legendary 1980, but it wouldn’t surprise me if people are talking about this in a similar reverential manner in 10-15 years because I can’t help but think that it is bound for greatness. 94 points.

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