There has been a desire to add a Riesling to the Coates range for many years. But with such a breadth of styles within our winery and limited time the project had been on permanent delay. In 2019 it was decided to go ahead and finally add a Riesling to our line up. The established order of the Australian wine industry would suggest the Eden Valley or Clare Valley would be the logical place to source grapes. But Riesling is a cool climate variety with Clare Valley and Eden Valley having a far from cool climate growing season. As such, the fruit is sourced from a single vineyard in the Kuitpo region of the Adelaide Hills (which is where the Coates winery based). A cool climate location ensures that the grapes have an elegance of flavour and good natural acidity that we seek to preserve in the finished wine.
Our winemaking style is traditional with an enclosed tank pressing of the grapes to yield the softest fruit characters. An extraction rate of 500L/tonne was achieved. The Riesling juice was natural yeast fermented with fine solids in six and seventh use French oak barrels then aged for four months (the wine remains unmoved in the same barrels until preparation for bottling). Barrel fermentation of Riesling is far from typical in Australia, but in a nod to the traditional European roots of the variety this technique was employed to provide a hint of texture and softness to the palate. With the exception of a small amount of sulphur, The Riesling is a natural wine with no additives. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in October 2022, The Riesling will be drinking well for another eight to ten years.
Light straw in colour, the nose shows restrained tropical fruits accompanied by lemongrass and kaffir lime zest. A lithe palate with plenty of citrus zing with guava and delicious floral notes leading into a long, crisp finish.
Alcohol – 12.5% by volume Residual sugar – <2.0 g/L
Total Acidity – 8.6 g/L Volatile Acidity – 0.55 g/L
pH – 3.03 Sulphur Dioxide – 75 mg/L Total;
Score 93 James Suckling
A very clean and bright riesling with aromas of slate, white grapefruit, jasmine and lime zest with hints of fresh nutmeg. Sharp and mouthwatering yet creamy and textured, with a medium body and long, precise finish. Unfined and unfiltered. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
Score 95 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Erin Larkin)
The fruit for the 2021 The Riesling is from the Adelaide Hills and wears the cool, even vintage on its sleeve. This is polished and taut, with brilliant concentration in the mouth. This is incredibly delicious, exciting to drink and texturally spot-on. Another impressive wine from Coates, this has a real saturating vibe, proper intensity. Yes. Wild ferment in seasoned barriques, bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Score 96 James Halliday Wine Companion (Ned Goodwin MW)
Among the finest rieslings in the land, by virtue of the intelligence behind its craftsmanship, as much as the deliciousness of the results: kaffir lime, talc and blossom. Few surprises there. Yet the fleck of oak and further latticework derived from natural yeast, lees and grape skins, spiels an intriguing narrative more Germanic of feel and texturally compelling than the domestic norm. Very impressive.