Stunning riesling’s price Polish
EVERY couple of years we marvel at how delicious David O’Leary’s O’Leary Walker Polish Hill River Rieslings are, and at how under-priced they remain.
It is one of the Clare Valley’s and Australia’s finest rieslings
The soon-to-be-released 2016 vintage crossed the tasting table recently and it is stunning.
There have been some marvellous releases in the past and this is amongst the very best, perhaps even the finest to date.
It is gratifying to see the guys have lifted the price to $29.50 from the mid-$20s where it was and which incorrectly indicates that this is a mid-range commercial release.
The reason I say gratifying is because these two consistently produce some of Australia’s finest rieslings but they have, in an attempt to be fair to their customers, consistently underpriced the wine.
If it was priced at $35 or $37, premium wine buyers would take the wine more seriously.
There is a second point here, and that is winemakers do not have significant incomes.
By giving away, unnecessarily, four or five dollars a bottle (or $50-60 a dozen) over five thousand cases, these two are not rewarding themselves, their wives and their children for the work and quality level.
The 2016 Polish Hill River Riesling is light, fresh and fragrant, to an almost ethereal level, and the characters within these are the distinctive, traditional and famous varietal and regional characters from SA’s Clare Valley.
The palate too shares these characters and is also light, fresh and with a crisp and refreshing lingering citric edge leading to the cleansing finish.
Quite simply, one of the most delicious and finest values amongst Australia’s rieslings. Marvellous now and will live to 2035 with ease if stored properly.
The O’Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling 2016 will be released in early July.
18.5 points and $29.50.
Clare Valley Cellar Door through the vines. Inset: David O’Leary and Nick Walker tasting the 2016 Polish Hill River Riesling fresh off the bottling line earlier this year.