Alkooma White Label Frankland River Riesling
5 Star James Halliday Winery
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Alkoomi Wines is situated in the most isolated wine-growing region in Western Australia – 330km south of Perth and 80km inland from the far south coast, just outside the tiny town of Frankland River.
In the lead up to Alkoomi’s harvest, samples from each block of fruit are brought into the winery laboratory to monitor acid and sugar levels. However, every picking decision is only made after walking up and down the rows of vines, tasting the fruit in the vineyard. The grapes are harvested in the cool, early morning with the aim of retaining the primary fruit freshness from juice, through fermentation, to bottle.
In the winery, each individual parcel of fruit can be fermented separately, from the old vines planted in 1971 through to the anticipated fruit from new vines planted in 2014. This allows the wines to truly show their inherent regional personality and depth of varietal character.
The estate grown fruit was harvested in the early hours of the morning, preserving the delicate varietal flavours that define this cool climate, aromatic wine. All fermentation was carried out in stainless steel, at cool temperatures to preserve the freshness and vibrancy of the fruit.
A very dry growing season led to one of the earliest vintages on record. As a result of the lack of rainfall, the yields were considerably reduced. There also was an abundance of Eucalyptus tree blossom and this prevented further loss of quality and yield from bird damage. The resulting fruit, was of excellent quality with impressive flavour concentration.
A stunning wine with lifted aromas of white flowers, lime zest and musk. It presents pristine flavours of lime and green apple with a fine linear acidity giving freshness and length to the palate.
Whilst ready to drink now, this wine will gain in complexity over the next five to eight years.