Landmark Australia Tutorial Riesling

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  • Landmark Australia Tutorial Riesling

    1. 1. RIESLING Jeffrey Grosset 2 June 2009
    2. 2. Riesling Grapes
    3. 3. <ul><li>Grosset Springvale Vineyard, February 11 2009 </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Grosset Polish Hill Vineyard, February 11 2009 </li></ul>
    5. 5. Example of damaged grapes, February 2009
    6. 6. “ RIESLING is the great white wine grape variety of Germany and could claim to be the finest white grape variety in the world on the basis of the longevity of its wines and their ability to transmit the characteristics of a vineyard without losing Riesling’s own inimitable style.”   JANCIS ROBINSON MW
    7. 7. FOREWORD BY JAMES HALLIDAY For reasons unknown, its moderately warm climate produces Australia’s finest Riesling. James Halliday 1994, The Oxford Companion to Wine.   The Clare Valley is one of those special places – if I were a romantic, I would say it is enchanted.  As an Anglo-Saxon, it gives me a small insight into the way aboriginals feel about the land their tribe occupied or, happily, still occupies.  For, in a way I find difficult to explain, I feel a sense of belonging whenever I visit it. It also encapsulates the thoroughly western concept of terroir, the complicated matrix of soil, subsoil, aspect and site climate which determines the suitability of each fragment of land for a given grape variety of varieties.   The influence of terroir can be weak and tenuous, or it can be profound.  In the Clare Valley it is the latter: it is Australia’s greatest Riesling producer, and stands tall with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. At the other extreme, it shuns the normally all- embracing charms of Chardonnay.   The little towns of Auburn, Watervale, Penwortham and Sevenhill say more about the nineteenth than twentieth or twenty-first centuries.  Only Clare itself has succumbed, but even it has many fine stone buildings dating back to the second half of the nineteenth century.   Many of the wineries have an equally proud history, none more so than the Sevenhill College and Winery, dating back to 1851 and still run by the Jesuitical Manresa Society.  Others have followed the habits of hermit crabs, and happily occupy nineteenth century buildings with a very different origin.   Unlocking the secrets of the Clare Valley is a pastime open to all who visit this mist beautiful part of Australia.  James Halliday – 11th June 2002
    8. 8. 160 years of winemaking in the Clare Valley
    9. 9. DEFINING TERROIR & PANGKARRA - How do we determine if a site is suitable?
    10. 10. Rain Sunshine Soil- Water relations Geology Terroir Soil Vines
    11. 11. Rain Sunshine Soil- Water relations Geology Pangkarra Soil
    12. 12. Aerial View of Clare Valley
    13. 13. CLIMATE SUMMARY
    14. 14. SOIL ZONES OF THE CLARE VALLEY
    15. 15. LEGEND OF SOIL ZONES
    16. 16. INDEX OF SOIL ZONES
    17. 17. CLAY LOAM OVER LIMY ROCK (terra rossa)
    18. 18. Jeffrey Grosset with Watervale Soil Profile, Clare Valley
    19. 19. Polish Hill rock, Clare Valley
    20. 20. Polish Hill Slate Profile, Clare Valley
    21. 22. Petaluma, Clare Valley
    22. 23. Pewsey Vale ‘The Contours’ Vineyard, Eden Valley
    23. 24. Crawford River Wines, Henty
    24. 25. Frankland Estate, Great Southern
    25. 26. Craigow Vineyard, Tasmania

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