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Kanta Museum Edition Riesling 2013



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  • A museum release Adelaide Hills Riesling from 2013!
  • In collaboration with Egon Müller of the legendary eponymous estate
  • Dry with great fruit, this is developing nicely but has years ahead of it

“This is the ultimate virtual winery, a joint venture between famed Mosel-Saar-Ruwer winemaker (and proprietor) Egon Muller, Michael Andrewartha from Adelaide’s East End Cellars, and the extraordinarily well-qualified Akos Forczek, with multiple tertiary degrees and fluent in Hungarian, French, English, Russian and Arabic. A three-year search for the perfect riesling site ended almost where the journey began, at the Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills vineyard. Muller arrived on the day of picking to oversee the whole production of the first vintage, carried out at Shaw + Smith with input from Shaw & Smith’s winemaker, Darryl Catlin. The grapes were crushed and cold-soaked for up to 16 hours, the juice settled without enzyme and kept at 12°C until spontaneous fermentation began. Small wonder that the wine is so different from other Australian rieslings, and even more different from the gloriously fine wines that Muller makes at home.” – Wine Companion


Mike Bennie

“In the parlance of modern collaborations, this is ‘Egon Muller x Adelaide Hills Riesling’. The Echunga vineyard is at 400+ metres above sea level and the winemaking is handled by Muller, set to a bone dry style. It’s a wine I cellared through its first releases, but sort of lost touch with, only to reacquaint in recent years.

This is a smashing release and yet it’s pretty exotic too. There’s a whiff of something smoky and nutty/mealy in the bouquet, but that’s coupled to pot pourri floral notes and a raft of stone fruit and appley things. The palate is all brisk juice and tangy, cucumber-meets-mineral water flavours. That sounds simple, but the wine is decidedly not, just subtle, finessed and set to earlier drinking than expected. It’s clearly in the more sour spectrum of riesling, but never overt in that way either. Glorious drinking.” – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front (reviewed 2014)