Consistently one of favourite Australian rieslings. Comes from the bracing climes of the Porongurups, a region ideal for producing pristine crisp rieslings such as this. Precise minerals and spicy characters on the nose with a splash of lime. Deceptive intensity drives long to the finish.
The pinots from Abbey Creek have risen to a new level in recent years. The fruit shows a depth and intensity that must be coming from their maturity. There’s lots of sour cherry and light plum with some subtle spicy oak. It’s medium bodied with fine chalky tannins. Impressive young pinot.
Abbey Creek Riesling 2013 ($25)
Another cracking good Riesling from this small producer, which is clearly one of the state’s best Riesling producers. Opens with a distinctive talcy lemon blossom nose sprinkled with a liberal dose of Great Southern spices. The palate is bracing and precise with a fining piercing acid sustaining a long finish. Love the mouthfeel which is so alive and bright. Still youthful with plenty of ageing ahead of it.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 7 years
Abbey Creek pinot noir 2013 ($30)
Sourced from the Porongurups. There is a leafy earthy mix on the nose which complements the cherry and light mulberry characters. Medium bodied with a firm thread of fine tannin and neatly applied fine grained oak. Has a slightly vanillin confectionery character with an appealing sweet middle palate and dry savoury finish. An extra year in bottle has really allowed this wine to open up and reveal its best qualities.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years
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