There are times when it’s clear you’ve come across a special producer. Where the combination of passion for the craft melds with real talent and an innate understanding of how to translate the variety and site into the bottle with transparency and complexity. This doesn’t happen that often which makes the occurrence more noteworthy when it does. Meeting and tasting John Hughes’ wines some years ago was one such happening and we have been enthusiastic advocates for this superb set of rieslings ever since. So it came as no surprise when John came past a couple of months back to show us the most recent 2017 releases. The wines were superb as usual but the strength of the 2017 vintage has further deepened the intensity and of each individual site: crystalline, palate staining and so beautifully balanced.
A few days later John scooped the pool at the Royal Sydney Show, taking out five trophies and winning Best Wine in Show with the Clare #3 Riesling 2017. This is no mean feat given its only the secod time in the show’s history a riesling has landed the top prize. In truth any one of his dry rieslings could have taken the gong such is the strength of the range in this vintage. Below you will read about this vintage
JOHN TALKS VINTAGE 2017
The 2017 Vintage, has to be one of the most exciting vintages I have ever seen with Riesling, and I am going as far to say it is the Riesling Vintage of the century thus far. With a long and cool spring and summer, and the generosity of rain from Mother Nature, the vintage was set for the Riesling vineyards. Riesling is one variety that performs well under cool and wet weather conditions. As a result of Mother Nature, we had ample of water to the vines, creating large vines, big bunches and big berries, the perfect recipe for great Riesling.
By having the cool and wet seasons, we had a latter vintage. The bonus of this was the grapes were on the vine for an extra 3-4 weeks, providing a longer ripening season. As a result we have ended with some very refined and delicate Rieslings, nearly as good as what we see coming out of Germany! The Rieslings from the 2017 vintage can be consumed now, and for those that enjoy aged Riesling, the 2017 Rieslings will stock and reward your cellar over time.