Crawford River Riesling Museum Release 2012

Time flies, and it seems incredible that Crawford River celebrated its 40th birthday in 2015. Once a tiny outpost in a little-known wine region, Crawford River is a foremost producer of Riesling thanks to the unremitting attention to detail and skill of its founder and winemaker, John Thomson (and moral support from wife Catherine). JAMES HALLIDAY

From one of Australia’s coolest vineyards and from the coldest Australian mainland wine GI, Henty. The wine tourism trail might be a little off-piste, but the wines should be in any serious enthusiast’s collection. MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front

Australia’s greatest white wine? We all certainly think so. It’s not a new thing, Crawford River has been producing what I and the team here (along with a good percentage of the wine trade and savvy consumers alike) regard as one of the reference points for quality in Australia. If you haven’t got some of this in your cellar it’s a situation you really should remedy and with all due haste.

What sets them apart from many of the country’s other top examples is the intensity of flavour and the texture these wines can achieve. I believe it is in large part due to the cold climate where the vineyard is located, Henty isn’t renowned for its balmy weather, and the fastidious attention to detail shown by founder and Aussie wine icon John which is continued by his equally talented and just as focused daughter, Belinda.

While these wines are undoubtedly thrilling to drink young where they really come in to their own is once they have had a few years in the bottle. Certainly the 2012 will continue to age gracefully for many years Belinda paints a beautiful picture of the wine right now (her note is posted below the critics reviews).

I honestly love this wine and have remarked that it is my favourite white produced in Australia on many and numerous occasions.

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