2013 Lenswood Green's Hill Riesling

Pale lemon with green hues. Vibrant aromas of fragrant citrus and almond blossom, ripe citrus and apples, with lemon and lime zest, talc and steely, mineral notes. The palate is wonderfully perfumed with intense citrus and cumquat flavours, excellent depth and layers of crunchy apple texture, and a dry, crisp finish.

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2013 Lenswood Green's Hill Riesling

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The 2013 harvest was expected to be early, with the Easter full moon very close to the autumn equinox, and sure enough budburst started early in spring 2012 with green shoots emerging in the first week of September suggesting this would be so. All varieties woke to a cool and mild spring, with cabernet the last to greet the sun on October 1. A snow flurry in early October led into a mild November, with warm days and nights providing excellent conditions for flowering. Set was excellent across all varieties. Spring was conspicuous for its dryness but thankfully frost free, and as summer approached the vines developed beautifully balanced canopies and rain was just a distant memory. It was not to rain again until the end of harvest, seven dry months that produced a green drought. As harvest time approached, it was abundantly clear that 2013 was going to be exceptional in terms of yield and quality across all varieties - a rare thing in the lofty airs of Lenswood, where weather events usually dictate terms that are best described as challenging! Chardonnay and riesling were fabulous, as too were sauvignon blanc, gewürztraminer, pinot gris, merlot and cabernet. Lenswood does not give up her fruit easily but every now and then she tosses a furtive glance your way and delivers the unexpected. The 2013 harvest will be remembered as near perfection in a year of snow and drought, truly a rare and exceptional vintage.

In the Bottle

Vintage 2013
Grape Variety 100% riesling grown on Stephen and Prue Henschke’s Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills.
Technical Details Harvest Date: 20 March | Alcohol: 12.5% | pH: 2.98 | Acidity: 7.6g/L
Maturation Fermented in tank and bottled post-vintage to preserve the delicate aromatic fruit characters.
Background Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue purchased the property in the Adelaide Hills in 1981. At 550m, the Lenswood vineyards offer not only magnificent views over the traditional vine country but also higher rainfall and humidity at the right time of the year, cooler temperatures to retain high natural acidity, and still enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes. The riesling vineyard is planted on a perfect west facing slope on loam soil containing shale fragments. It was so named as it overlooks the apple orchards operated by the Green family since 1893.
Cellaring Potential Exceptional vintage, 20+ years.

Vintage 2013. 1 February 2014, WBM Magazine

The Henschke Riesling suite is proving to be formidable with back -to- back superb releases from this wine included. It's supple, soft acidity, flavoursome, refreshing and complex with mouthwatering fruit character and minerality-like steel and slate. Fantastic.

Vintage 2013. 1 January 2014, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine

2013 Henschke lenswood Green’s Hill has an intense lime aroma while retaining delicacy. The palate follows through great depth, but with finesse. De Garis agreed, telling us “the standout in this bracket for me. Fine and floral, with a zingy, slightly chalky texture. A trace of sweetness. Wonderful length.” There’s potential for several years of development and greater complexity.

Vintage 2012. December 2012, Mike Bennie, www.winefront.com.au

Restrained citrus and apple aromas, touch of pot pourri, hint of lemongrass. Zesty and fresh across the palate with some gentle phenolic tug and a touch of slate in acidity – it drags citrus/apple flavours long, pure and gently across the palate. Subdued, but good to drink, refreshing the palate as it goes and leaving a rolling, mouthwatering tang through the lingering finish. Love that sour pucker. Drink in youth I reckon. Enlivening.

Vintage 2009. October 2010, Martin Field, E-vine

2009 Green’s Hill Riesling, pale, with a steely citrus bouquet and a full-on palate with notes of lime and lemon marmalade.

Vintage 2009. March 2010, Nick Stock, The Adelaide Review

A lot of people drink more whites from Henschke despite their greater fame for reds, perhaps knowing the same vineyard and winemaking care goes into these wines, which are frankly bargains.

This is from a mature Lenswood vineyard and it catches attention immediately with green highlights in amongst the bright pale yellow - usually a reliable sign of both concentration and a long life ahead. The current characters of citrus - to me a little more of grapefruit than lemon or lime - and a very fine dry, almost to chalky, flavour profile is suggestive of a "winemaker's wine".

Vintage 2008. 11-12 July 2009, James Halliday, The Weekend Australian

For inexplicable reasons, this wine stands in the shadow of the Julius Eden Valley Riesling, when it should stand alongside. It is clean and crisp, with a strong structural underlay courtesy of minerally-flinty notes alongside zesty, citrusy acidity; it has very good length and a long life ahead. Rating 95/100

Vintage 2007. January 2008, Nick Stock, WBM Magazine

Sourced from the cool elevated Lenswood area of the Adelaide Hills, this has a fine precise nose, sweet lime blossom, mixed citrus and florals. Leaves traces of crisp apply flavour in the mouth and fine direct acidity.

Vintage 2005. August 2007, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

Bright green-yellow; spotlessly clean, powerful and somewhat introspective on the bouquet; citrus, passionfruit and mineral all power-up on the finish. Rating 94/100.

Vintage 2004. August 2007, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

Very rich, opulent, lime juice aromas; backs off slightly on the palate, no bad thing; still flooded with flavour and immediate appeal. Rating 94/100.