Charlotte's Elusion 2019 Riesling
Charlotte's Elusion is a Riesling from the Derwent Valley. She's a little wild but her heart is pure and her nature long and zesty.
Awards / Reviews
2021 James Halliday Wine Companion 92 POINTS
From the family vineyard in the Derwent Valley, picked 6 and 12 Apr, 50% of the final volume given 6 hours skin contact before pressing and 20% was wild-fermented, the balance with a neutral yeast. It's not clear to me what the aim was.
A different take on Riesling from talented second-generation winemaker Greer Carland, who has used quality Derwent Valley fruit to produce this textural wine that is lower in acid than many of its Clare and Eden Valley counterparts. It is very floral and long on the palate; more elegant than in your face with lovely balance. Carland previously worked at Winemaking Tasmania but has struck out on her own with an impressive range of carefully considered wines.
The Wine Front - 93+ Points
Note direct from the winery: “The fruit was picked from the family vineyard in Granton in the Derwent Valley. Around half the final volume received skin contact for a period of 6 hours prior to pressing and a portion was set aside for a wild ferment (20% of final volume). The balance was fermented with a neutral yeast. The ferment was allowed to proceed until the final sugar was determined on taste.” Intensity of flavour and both the mouthfeel and length to match. It comes across as both refined and powerful. Magic wine. Refreshing and flavoursome at once. It basically comes across as dry, the slip of sweetness modest at most. It’s citrus driven but it pushes towards grapefruit. I’ve already used the word refined but it needs to be emphasised.