Brackenwood Riesling 2017
Adelaide Hills - Australia
The wine's story
When you taste the kinds of wines which come out of the beautiful Brackenwood Vineyard, the thought process behind vintner Damon Nagel’s biodynamic creations become completely clear. If you’re in possession of the sort of land his Adelaide Hills estate is comprised of, why the hell would you want to interrupt, complicate or dilute things with chemical intervention? Brackenwood wines are designed to be the ultimate expression of a very special part of the country; the aim is to capture that beauty and simplicity - those rolling hills and tranquil wetlands - in each and every bottle. Considering the praise and admiration Nagel has won in recent years, it would be impossible to say that his project has been anything but a roaring success.
Damon Nagel kickstarted his career in wine as a sommelier in Adelaide. It was there he first discovered the blatant differences between overproduced and boring wines, and the naturally-made expressive bottles the Aussie wine scene was becoming increasingly famed for. He continued his wine education in London, made some money while he was there, and then returned to the Adelaide Hills with a clear mission in mind: to make the kind of low-intervention, characterful and flavourful wines he and his mates loved to drink. Fast forward a few years, and he was producing top-quality vino made from Aussie classics like Shiraz, and also experimenting with lesser-planted varietals, such as Gamay and Barbera. With the help of winemaker Daniel Zuzulo (previous of Primo Estate), Nagel could realise his dreams. The result? Wines which perfectly balance complexity with drinkability, and which have plenty to say about this unique wine region, in all its natural glory. When you taste the kinds of wines which come out of the beautiful Brackenwood Vineyard, the thought process behind vintner Damon Nagel’s biodynamic creations become completely clear. If you’re in p... read more
The Adelaide Hills region is a diverse one, stretching all the way around to the border of the McLaren Vale. Brackenwood sit near this border, on a property planted on quartz and clay.
The entire vineyard is run biodynamically, with all the wines fermented naturally.
I feel this Riesling is one of their strongest wines - aromatically firmly in the citrus spectrum – plenty of white grapefruit pith and lemon peel. There's also a delicate white floral lift – think peony or white rose.
It then has a touch of weight on the mid palate, which makes it seem more gastronomic. Finishes with very cool, racy acidity. More of that grapefruit again. Certainly zingy but not in the stark, hard way of many Clare Valley examples - here the acidity sits well within the body of the wine. The Adelaide Hills region is a diverse one, stretching all the way around to the border of the McLaren Vale. Brackenwood sit near this border, on a property planted on quartz and clay.
The entire vi... read more
5-10 years - This wine is excellent now, and will hold up really well over the next decade.