BRACKENWOOD BOTRYTIS RIESLING 2017

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BRACKENWOOD BOTRYTIS RIESLING 2017

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Occasional vintages see parts of Brackewood's Riesling crop affected by Botrytis, with the estate making a sweet wine in suitable years, 2014 the last installment.  Vintage 2017 sees a 100% botrytized wine here, and is this something special.  "The numbers for this are bang on," said vigneron Damon Nagel shortly after vinification, in terms of sugar and acid levels; fast forward to the wine in bottle and this is a pretty amazing release.  Honey and toast sit over an array of Riesling fruit characters of preserved lemon, tinned pineapple and citrus rind, and despite a fair whack of residual sugar (180 g/L!) the wine doesn't cloy and remains refreshing and moreish.  Damon felt from his sommelier days that 375mL never quite went far enough, hence this is bottled in a half litre. 

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Brackenwood Vineyard

Biodynamic minimal intervention wines from a beautiful Adelaide Hills estate

Owner Damon Nagel started life as a sommelier in Adelaide, moving to London to further his wine education whilst working in top end dining restaurants.  Achieving success in London property, he would eventually return to Adelaide, purchasing the beautiful undulating Brackenwood farm in the early 2000s, first releasing wines from vintage 2005.

Winemaking is today overseen by Daniel Zuzolo, ex Primo Estate, with the stable offering interesting blends and lesser seen plantings of Barbera and Gamay alongside more traditional offerings such as Shiraz and Riesling. 

Growing and winemaking is strictly along biodynamic lines, with no additions bar minimal sulphur at bottling.  A pure set of releases very much at home alongside Felixir's European offerings, fun styles of personality with enough depth and interest to be taken seriously.