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Pressing Matters R69 Riesling 2013
  Riesling
  Coal River Tasmania
     
  Bottle Dozen
 
$ 27 99   $ 335 00
  Bottle Dozen
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Pressing Matters are inspired by the Mosel style, fashioned to reflect and optimize the outstanding qualities of which Tasmanian Rieslings are capable. Greg Melick has been an avid consumer of the world's finest wines for decades, his own cellar is filled with first growths and he has spent many years touring the world's great vineyards. He is also a wine judge with twenty years national and international experience. A mix of Riesling clones, D2V3 and 198GM, F8V13 and 239GM are planted on their own rootstock at a density of 5000 vines per hectare. Pressing Matters are also significantly lower in alcohol than most Australian Rieslings, the intense fruit flavours are balanced by an amazing natural acidity. Alcohol 10.4%
Greg Melick is Tasmania's most senior barrister, he carries rank in the Australian Reserves and nurtures a penchant for fine Burgundy. A consuming desire to make his own wine lead him to a northeasterly slope along Tasmania's Coal River, fourteen remarkable hectares of well drained viticulture which had previously been used for grazing. Yields are kept very low and Melick's Riesling wines are finished at four different levels of residual sugar, R69 being medium sweet, very much in the enduring style of the exuberant classics from Germany's Mosel River.
Light straw colour. Bouquets of honeysuckle, a touch of orange citrus fruits, florals and lime. A succulent palate in perfect balance, expressing candied citrus, apples and white peach balanced by mineral and vibrant acidity. The Riesling of choice to accompany crayfish or freshly cooked marron.
Greg Melick is Tasmania's most senior barrister, he carries rank in the Australian Reserves and nurtures a penchant for fine Burgundy. A consuming desire to make his own wine lead him to a northeasterly slope along Tasmania's Coal River, fourteen remarkable hectares of well drained viticulture which had previously been used for grazing. Yields are kept very low and Melick's Riesling wines are finished at four different levels of residual sugar, R69 being medium sweet, very much in the enduring style of the exuberant classics from Germany's Mosel River.
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Great friends and fellow wine loving barristers, Greg Melick and Francis Douglas, had been interested in acquiring a vineyard for many years

In 2002 Greg finally found the ideal site which consisted of approximately 14 hectares of grazing land on well-drained north east facing slopes, with cracking clay over a calciferous base. The site was also frost free. Robert Drew was contracted to establish the original vineyard for planting - which has now been planted with 2.9 hectares of Riesling and 3.8 hectares of Pinot Noir. In 2006 the demands of the expanding vineyard, and Robert Drew’s own very successful vineyard, necessitated the appointment of full-time viticulturist Paul Smart.

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Paul is also a talented winemaker and the Pinot Noir is made on-site with the assistance of a Vaslin Bucher basket press and the wise counsel and assistance of neighbour and Morningside winemaker Peter Bosworth. All Pressing Matters’ Rieslings are made under the supervision of Julian Alcorso at Winemaking Tasmania.

In 2008, the tyranny of distance finally took its toll on Francis who sold his interest, but not before Greg and he decided to name the vineyard, Pressing Matters, which was inspired by a print by Tasmanian artist, Tom Samek. It was only fitting that Tom also design the label.

Production remains low but is slowly increasing and to date there has been outstanding success when exhibiting at the Royal Hobart International Wine Show (Trophy for the Most Successful Tasmanian Exhibitor 2009) and Tasmanian Wine Show (Trophy for the Most Successful Exhibitor - 2010, Best Wine of Vintage for 2008 and 2009).

While Pinot volumes remained too low to exhibit until the 2008 vintage which won a Silver medal, all but one of Pressing Matters Riesling have won at least a Silver medal including 6 Trophies and 10 Gold medals. As a result of many favourable reviews extensive enquiries have been received from retailers and restaurants but it is Pressing Matters policy, where possible, to hold wines back from release until they have had a chance to start fulfilling their true potential.

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