Current Vintage: 2021
Vintage may vary during the year. If you are looking for a specific vintage, please get in touch.
This is the second release of Ruchioch and the first to carry the name of the vineyard. While the vine age, elevation and soil profiles are all similar to Col's Polish Hill River source, Ruchioch is a very low cropping site. It produces a Riesling that has not only wonderful, pulpy mid-palate concentration and texture, but also the highest acidity that Colin has seen. It all makes for a lively combination!
De-stemmed and crushed before pressing, the free-run juice was settled, racked, and fermented to near dryness. Slightly higher in alcohol that the Polish Hill River--but also with more acidity--it's chalky, crystalline, and focused with a wash of lime zest, pink grapefruit and jasmine, sitting within beautifully classical structure and length. Clare Riesling doesn't get much better than this.
It did not take long for the settlers to identify the potential for winemaking in the Clare Valley - where vines were first planted in the early 1840s. The warm and hot summer South Australian days are often followed by cool teatime breezes which help with the ripening process and makes this a fantastic winemaking region (and place to visit!). Melbourne has a questionable reputation for changeable weather - but Clare Valley puts this to shame - blistering hot summer days quickly followed up with freezing 1°C wintery nights.
Whilst the region is well known for its award winning Rieslings, the warmer climate make it a prime growing region for consistently good vintages for a range of varietals (we recommend checking out some of the Cabernet and Shiraz coming out of Valley). Output from the area are as unique as its weather, a must visit.