Tuesday, June 22, 2010


- Henty, VIC
- $33-$39
- Screwcap
- 13.5%alc

Crawford River's iconic riesling sits proudly alongside the 2 Grosset rieslings and Petaluma's Hanlin Hill as the only rieslings included in Langton's Classification of Australian Wine IV. Perhaps this is but one indication Langton's 2005 classification is beginning to show its age, because I for one believe that across recent vintages Crawford River's reputation as Henty's benchmark has been seriously challenged by the exquisite Seppelt Drumborg.

Made from a vineyard established in 1975, Crawford River's 2009 Riesling reveals a tight, mineral nose of white flowers and grapefruit augmented by impressive wet slate aspects and unexpected creamy undertones. Underpinned by ripe, sweet fruit nuances, its clear palate delivers a full, rich and luscious expression of white stonefruits and minerals with a truly opulent texture for young riesling, but thankfully, a clean and timely wash of refreshingly soft, chalky lemony-citric acids neatly balances its lengthy conclusion.

ü There's so much to like here. With a lusciously textured richness of ripe yet clear varietal fruit harnessed by soft, refreshing acids, this flies in the face of Australian convention. A great Crawford. Drink to 2017.
93 points


  1. Chris,

    At the risk of repeating myself, here is the info re changing the width. . .

    . . . go to the blog design tab and chose the edit html option. Scroll down and then there are 4 settings to change.

    The Header width, the content-wrapper width and the main and the sidebar wrapper width. That should pretty much do. The gap between content and sidebar being a function of each individual width and the overall content wrapper width. . .

    Best of luck.


  2. Huge thanks Ed! I'll see how I go. If the site looks any wider soon, I do hope you'll feel a warm glow inside every time you drop by ;-)