Riesling Classic Dry

Our Classic Dry Riesling is made from grapes sourced from the Helm estate and neighbouring vineyards within the valley in which the Helm winery is situated. The Helm estate vineyard contains the oldest Riesling vines in the Canberra district—planted in 1974. This is Helm Wines’ 42nd Riesling vintage.

The Grapes

The 2018 vintage was one of our most unusual, with very low winter rain, frost free spring, excellent fruit set and good rains up to December then very dry till Harvest.  Temperatures were mild, preventing any late season frosts.  Vine growth was rampant providing good foliage coverage for all varieties, but especially for Riesling grapes to prevent sunburn.  A hot dry summer aided ripening and reduced disease pressures.  There were several heatwaves during the season although our regular evening sea breeze cooled things down considerably overnight.  The conditions provided a record crop set, slow ripening due to the lack of rain, which meant harvest was late – end of March.  Quality did not suffer and it was another very high quality season for the Canberra District, which makes four in a row, all of which have been very different due to the weather conditions.

The Wine

Powerful citrus blossom aroma. Clean and fresh, crunchy green apples, minerality and lime cordial flavours balanced by intense citrus-like acidity. Lingering refreshing finish.

Serve with

Like all of our Rieslings, this wine can be paired with numerous dishes. It especially complements Asian cuisines and seafood.

Cellar for

Built to last, the wine can be enjoyed now while it is young and crisp, or cellared for up to 10 years which will allow it to mellow and toasty honey flavours to develop.

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Vintage 2018
Winemaker Ken Helm
Region Canberra District
Harvested March 2018
Bottled August 2018
Alcohol 11%