Five Classic Wine Varieties of the Clare Valley

Most wine regions of the world are defined as appellations due to the geological and geographical homogeneity that makes them ideal for one or just a few varieties. The Clare Valley is very different. The vineyard diversity of soil structures, altitudes, aspects and rainfall provides ideal conditions for a number of different varieties. It is all about site selection and also celebrating the diversity of styles. We are the "appellation of a thousand terroir".  Five varieties have dominated the Clare Valley for over 100 years. They ripen ideally in almost every year and they define the regional reputation. Note that they do NOT align with any one European region. The reds are aligned to Bordeaux and the Rhone that share a 44 degree latitude.  There is truly a surprise around every corner when you visit the Clare Valley Cellar Doors.  Riesling. The Clare Valley is world renowned for Riesling. Our warm days in Autumn ensure Riesling develops ripe fruit character whilst cool nights provides long natural acid structure. Riesling is a variety that talks to you about its source vineyard from the glass. Watervale vineyards are terra rossa red clay over limestone and the Riesling has a definite lime character. We stock many of these but our best sellers are Crabtree Hilltop, O'Leary Walker, Vickery and Clos Clare. Riesling from the Polish Hill River region  has mineral character from the slate beneath. Treat yourself to a Grosset from Polish Hill, or the Pikes Merle to see this characteristic. Riesling from the cooler Skilly Valley are approachable and can be more textural. The Penna Lane is a great example. Riesling from the northern parts of the Valley Riesling can…

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