Meadowbank Riesling 2022

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Meadowbank Riesling 2022
Producer Meadowbank
Region, Country Tasmania, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 21433-750

Meadowbank’s Riesling vines are spread across three sites planted in 1974, 2005 and 2015. The block planted in 1974 predates the establishment of Meadowbank and the clone is unknown. The 2005 block, which accounts for 65% of the blend, is planted to Geisenheim 198, a clone susceptible to botrytis—something that Pete lets run in most years (provided conditions are dry). You learn something new every day! He advocates for the botrytis influence to add intensity and weight to his Riesling, and points to the practice used widely in Germany—he’s in a cool climate and he’s using a German clone: if it’s good for the goose… 

All blocks were handpicked. The fruit from the 2005 block was fermented in stainless steel, handled oxidatively and fermented to four grams per litre residual sugar, while the fruit from the other plantings was fermented in old oak and fermented dry. Both parcels were matured on their lees before blending and bottling (without fining). 

A fantastically individual expression of Australian Riesling, the 2022 opens its ledger with scents of white florals, salty citrus, lime leaf and chalky aromatics. The palate is multi-layered and bursting with flavour and mouth-filling texture—a Tasmanian Grosses Gewächs? It is rocky and tightly packed, with silky intensity studded by mineral saltiness and a depth-charge of racy freshness. Pete swears his 2022 is the best Riesling he’s made at Meadowbank (which means it’s the best Riesling made here, period). At the risk of a cease and desist, it refreshes the parts other Rieslings cannot reach.

Meadowbank Riesling 2022

Reviews

“It’s like crunching straight into a Granny Smith apple. There’s lime there too, whispered with fruit sweetness, and notes of hay, grapefruit, florals and herbs, though it’s the apple character that drives it. At least part of this wine spent time in oak and it’s slipped with texture as a result, though it’s a minor element; the wine still cuts on through, like the glimmer of a sunrise on water, and finishes long.”
95 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
“Purity and drinkability writ large from Peter Dredge and the team at Meadowbank Wines. Light straw in colour with pure aromas of Meyer lemon, lime and peach skin with notes of crushed stone, pressed white flowers, almond paste, dried mandarin rind and liminal hints of poached pear. It's a wonderfully textural wine, playing on the tension between fruit and acidity, sapid yet expressive, enchanting at the moment with a lot of promise in the cellar.”
95 points, Dave Brookes, Halliday Wine Companion 2024

Reviews

“It’s like crunching straight into a Granny Smith apple. There’s lime there too, whispered with fruit sweetness, and notes of hay, grapefruit, florals and herbs, though it’s the apple character that drives it. At least part of this wine spent time in oak and it’s slipped with texture as a result, though it’s a minor element; the wine still cuts on through, like the glimmer of a sunrise on water, and finishes long.”
95 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
“Purity and drinkability writ large from Peter Dredge and the team at Meadowbank Wines. Light straw in colour with pure aromas of Meyer lemon, lime and peach skin with notes of crushed stone, pressed white flowers, almond paste, dried mandarin rind and liminal hints of poached pear. It's a wonderfully textural wine, playing on the tension between fruit and acidity, sapid yet expressive, enchanting at the moment with a lot of promise in the cellar.”
95 points, Dave Brookes, Halliday Wine Companion 2024

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