2013 Maverick Trial Hill Riesling (12 bottles minimum)


Trial Hill is a stand-alone vineyard in Pewsey Vale. North-facing, at 450 – 480 m altitude, this vineyard contains many micro-terroirs. The 1.8 Ha Riesling vineyard is austere, with shallow (15 cm) grey-brown skeletal soils, strongly acidic, rich in mica, and stony and steeply sloping. It was contour planted about 40 years ago for ease of operations, and there is usually a spread of ripening from top to bottom.

  • Vintage: 2013
  • Region: Pewsey Vale, Eden Valley
  • Grape Varieties: Riesling
  • Alcohol: 12.0%
  • Total Acidity: 6.83 g/L
  • pH: 2.92
  • Wine Maker: Ronald Brown

Tasting Notes

    James Halliday Rating
  • Colour: Light straw
  • Bouquet: Very open, full of honey, spice, lemon curd, and lime flowers
  • Palate: Light, lively with a faintest touch of spritz, and with an elegant minerality. The lime flowers persist on the palate and length, and the finish is clean but not austere.
  • Vineyard & Vintage Comments: 2013 was a challenging due to its rapid ripening across the board, which meant a short sharp vintage. Variable conditions over the growing season followed by warm night temperatures led to earlier ripening than usual, especially as yields were down. Trial Hill again gained the benefit of eco-sensitive management (it is biodynamically certified) with the development of typical flavours and good acidity retention. Slightly earlier picking also helped retain cleanness. In the winery, the free-run was drawn off and fermented cleanly and coolly with an inoculated yeast, and treated reductively until bottling in mid Nov 2011.

Food Pairing

Tuna carpaccio, sushi, salmon steak

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