ATR Wines Hard Hill Road Writer's Block Riesling 2019
ATR Wines Hard Hill Road Writer's Block Riesling 2019

ATR Wines Hard Hill Road Writer's Block Riesling 2019

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Grampians, Victoria, Australia

Style: White Wine

Variety: Riesling

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ATR Wines Hard Hill Road Writer's Block Riesling 2019

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Producer: ATR Wines

Country: Australia

Region: Grampians

Vintage: 2019

Critic Score: 96

Alcohol: 12.0%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2032


This is why we get excited by Grampians riesling! An enduring classic in the making -Jeni Port

Winemaker Adam Richardson selected the very special terroir of the Hard Hill Road Vineyard to call home and craft the A.T. Richardson brand (ATR Wines). He purchased the property in 2005 and spent the next 10 years improving the vineyards and planting more vines and new varieties - including Durif, Nebbiolo and Tannat. The Writer's Block Riesling is sourced from the highest block in the vineyard at an elevation of 300 metres. It is a pure expression of delicate Riesling fruit characters and Great Western minerality, with nine months on lees in ten-year old French barriques adding a softness and inviting textural element. 

"This is why we get excited by Grampians riesling! An enduring classic in the making, with impressive intensity from the start. A rich vein of lime cordial, lemon curd, citrus blossom, fresh-cut green apple and wet stone runs deep. Smooth, dry (that tweak of sugar melts into the richness), mouth-watering acidity and a sleek restraint. Quite an accomplishment."  Jeni Port

"The highest, most exposed ridge in our vineyard inspires my wife, Eva, the writer in the family. Harvested a little later that our Chockstone Riesling, the grapes benefit from a touch more sun. Typically low yields and harvesting at the perfect flavour/acid profile lead to the delicate flavours and balance that defines our Writer’s Block Riesling. Once harvested, the grapes are pressed as gently as possible, then settled for three days before being fermented in old French barrels. The wine then rests on lees in barrel for a further nine months imparting a gentle texture and creaminess to the finish. Each year we let the fermentation come to rest with a tiny level of residual sweetness to match the vibrant acid profile, creating a focussed palate and an elegant mineral finish. A decade or more in the cellar will unearth unexpected new layers of flavours and elegant complexity."  ATR Wines 

Expert reviews 

"Pressed; fermentation in old French barrels; 6 months on lees; 'tiny' level of residual sugar. Named in honour of the winemaker's wife, Eva, a well credentialed writer. This is why we get excited by Grampians riesling! An enduring classic in the making, with impressive intensity from the start. A rich vein of lime cordial, lemon curd, citrus blossom, fresh-cut green apple and wet stone runs deep. Smooth, dry (that tweak of sugar melts into the richness), mouth-watering acidity and a sleek restraint. Quite an accomplishment. Drink by 2032."  Jeni Port, Halliday Wine Companion - 96 points

"Light yellow-straw colour, with a nutty overtone to the lemon pith and candlewax aromas. There could be some barrel involvement: it is not really fragrant in the floral sense. A hint of almond. There is very good flavour intensity and drive, seamless texture and a clean, dry, appetising finish and aftertaste. Drink: 2021-2027." Huon Hooke, The Real Review - 91 points

Awards

Special Value Wine – Halliday Wine Companion  ★ 

About the winery

ATR Wines

Winemaker Adam Richardson, born in Western Australia, has been making wine professionally since 1995. He held various senior international winemaking and management roles including chief winemaker for Treasury Wine Estates Americas and vice president of international winemaking for the major California-based The Wine Group. In these roles, Adam produced wines from almost every major wine appellation around the world and saw his name on the back label of about 70 million bottles of wine!

However Australia beckoned and after a 10-year search, he and his family selected the very special terroir of the Hard Hill Road Vineyard to call home and craft the A.T. Richardson brand (ATR Wines). They purchased the property in 2005 while they were still living in America, and planted their first blocks of Shiraz, Riesling and Durif in 2006. The first vintage of ATR wines was 2007, and they made just 200 dozen from a neighbour's vines. They spent the next 10 years improving the vineyards, planting more vines and new varieties (including Durif, Nebbiolo and Tannat), and in 2016 packed up the family and make the big move down under full time.

The close-planted vines at the Hard Hill Road Vineyard are nestled along a ridgeline that overlooks the Grampians ranges and are surrounded by a eucalypt forest. With its own special microclimate, the Hard Hill Road Vineyard's cool ripening conditions and naturally low-yielding vines produce wines with layers of intense flavours and a velvety structure. The challenging growing conditions, the unyielding soil, characterised by ironstone and quartz outcrops, and the low annual rainfall conspire to produce fruit of wonderful intensity and balance.

Their focus has been to create modern, cutting edge wines from the historic Grampians region, both from traditional varieties, as well as some lesser known varieties.  Adam's passion is to create wines that surprise the taster, but at the same time truly represent the vineyard in which they were grown. They are one of the few wine growers to plant Nebbiolo in the Grampians, and the only one to grow Tannat and Petite Sirah (also known as Durif). They use these varieties with a novel approach to create a series of unique and engaging red wine blends.

Wine region map of Victoria

Victoria

Victoria is home to more than 800 wineries across 21 wine regions. The regions are Alpine Valley, Beechworth, Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, Glenrowan, Goulburn Valley, Grampians, Heathcote, Henty, King Valley, Macedon Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Murray Darling, Pyrenees, Rutherglen, Strathbogie Ranges, Sunbury, Swan Hill, Upper Goulburn and Yarra Valley.

Victoria's first vines were planted at Yering in the Yarra Valley in 1838. By 1868 over 3,000 acres had been planted in Victoria, establishing Victoria as the premier wine State of the day. Today, the original vineyards planted at Best's Wines are among the oldest and rarest pre-phylloxera plantings in the world.

Victoria's climate varies from hot and dry in the north to cool in the south and each wine region specialises in different varietals. For example, Rutherglen in the north is famous for its opulent Muscats and Topaque and bold reds, while the many cooler climate regions near Melbourne produce world class Chardonnay and pinot Noir. Victoria is truly a wine lover's playground.