Mr Mick Riesling 2017


“Tim Adams started his apprenticeship at age 17 with “Mr Mick” Knappstein at Leasingham winery in 1975. Now he owns that same Clare Valley winery and has commemorated his late mentor with the Mr Mick range. Floral, lime and steely aromas provide a classical nose to this riesling and it tastes light, fresh and ripe with super-appetising zip.” Ageing? Drink over three years  Ralph Kyte-Powell, Epicure , The Age, Melbourne , 20th September, 2011

“Purposely soft, rich and crowd-pleasing with low acidity and a little residual sweetness, without sacrificing freshness or lemon blossom perfume.”Tyson Stelzer , Wine Business Monthly , September, 2011

This is a gently rich, dry Riesling with lovely honey and pear notes that follow right on the palate.  The length is as generous as any riesling on the market, which is good, because you get to enjoy the very juicy feel of this wine just that little bit longer.  It's very well balanced with nothing out of place and comes with a lick of acidity which provides a refreshing feel.  It's a soft, easy going, crowd pleasing reisling at a price.   It's often said that Australian Riesling is dirt cheap relative to quality, this is an example.  Heck, it's $14 a bottle. Do yourself a favour.

"One of the Clare Valley's most prized properties has been kept in local hands with winemaker Tim Adams buying the Leasingham production complex. The winery, closed for more than a year after previous owner Constellation Wine Australia failed to find a buyer in a major corporate restructure, will be recommissioned in time for the 2012 grape harvest. The venue then will be used by Mr Adams and his wife and business partner, Pam Goldsack, to create a new Clare wine brand and contract winemaking facilities for small producers and grape growers, and for a restaurant and cellar door outlet. The new brand will be named "Mr Mick's" in honour of revered winemaker Mick Knappstein, who mentored Mr Adams at Leasingham in the 1970's and 80's. "This is more of a homecoming than a new venture." Mr Adams said. "We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to resurrect such a beautiful landmark property." The new business is expected to employ about a dozen people long-term and more during vintage after it is recommissioned over the next year. The Leasingham wine brand was not part of the deal. It was one of the Australian assets sold by Constellation last week for $230 million to Sydney-based private equity group CHAMP"The Advertiser, Tony Love