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Helm Premium Riesling 2015

Harvested: March 2015   Bottled: July 2015   

This is the 9th vintage of the Premium range of Rieslings, a terroir wine from Helm Wines using the most premium fruit from that vintage. The wine is only released under the Premium black label if it reaches a quality benchmark. Since 2004 this style has collected 14 trophies at regional and capital city wine shows, and rave reviews from Australia's most respected wine critics.

The Grapes

Th 2015 Riesling vintage was fantastic, on par with the great 2013 and 2008 vintages and more than making up for the heartache of last year when we lost two thirds of our Murrumbateman crop due to frost. Vintage started with some good winter/spring rain, followed by a hot dry November causing early flowering, but good fruit set. December was wet and warm providing perfect foliage growth. January was cool and wet but then dry and warm right up to a very early harvest in late February, early March. Helm fruit quality was perfect with no disease, full rich flavours, low pH, and good acid balance with sugar. Harvest was seamless with perfect conditions of cool nights and dry days which brought the hand harvested fruit to the winery in perfect condition. All vineyards produced excellent fruit and moderate yields producing the biggest Riesling crush for Helm on record of just over 40 tonnes.

This year the wine contains fruit from both the Lustenberger vineyard and our new 1832 vineyard (so called as we have used the Pewsey Vale Riesling clone, believed to be a part of the James Busby vine collection of 1832). The vineyards are only a kilometre apart as the crow flies. The fruit from the 1832 vineyard was so spectacular that it warranted inclusion in the premium wine. Both vineyards contain similar soils - a mixture of brown to red (iron oxide) clay soils interspersed with quartz, shale and sandstone with a reasonable depth of friable soil over clay. Plant fossils have been found in both vineyards. This soil is perfect for quality vine growth with good drainage encourage deep root penetration.     

The Wine

Delicate floral and citrus aroma. An elegant cool-climate Riesling with apple and lime cordial flavours and the steely minerality typically found in the Helm Premium style. A delightfully lingering and refreshing finish. 

Serve with     

Like all of our Rieslings, this wine can be paired with numerous dishes. The acidity especially complements asian cuisine, oysters and all kinds of seafood.

Cellar for

Depends on your personal preference. Enjoy now while it is young and crisp, or cellar for 20 to 50 years.                                                                                      

 

 

 

 

Helm Classic Dry Riesling 2015

Harvested: March 2015   Bottled: May 2015   

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 Grapes

Th 2015 Riesling vintage was fantastic, on par with the great 2013 and 2008 vintages and more than making up for the heartache of last year when we lost two thirds of our Murrumbateman crop due to frost. Vintage started with some good winter/spring rain, followed by a hot dry November causing early flowering, but good fruit set. December was wet and warm providing perfect foliage growth. January was cool and wet but then dry and warm right up to a very early harvest in late February, early March. Helm fruit quality was perfect with no disease, full rich flavours, low pH, and good acid balance with sugar. Harvest was seamless with perfect conditions of cool nights and dry days which brought the hand harvested fruit to the winery in perfect condition. All vineyards produced excellent fruit and moderate yields producing the biggest Riesling crush for Helm on record of just over 40 tonnes.    

The Wine

An elegant wine with an incredible floral and citrus nose. Clean and delicate, lingering lime and green apple flavours underpinned by minerality (a character typically found in our Murrumbateman Riesling and sometimes described as rainwashed stone). Refreshing drying finish. An extraordinary Riesling. 

Serve with     

Like all of our Rieslings, this wine can be paired with numerous dishes. The acidity especially complements asian cuisine, oysters and all kinds of seafood.

Cellar for

Depends on your personal preference. Enjoy now while it is young and crisp, or cellar for up to 10 years during which it will mellow and toasty honeyed flavours will develop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helm Half Dry Riesling 2015

Harvested: Feb 2015   Bottled: May 2015 

This is a style of Riesling which is very popular in Germany known as Halbtrocken (Half Dry). It is a particularly good accompaniment to spicy dishes as the slight sweetness in the wine balances the spices and heat. This is the 8th vintage of this very popular style, and each year we fine tune the balance between flavour, acid and sweetness.

Released under the distinctive red rose coloured label.

The Wine

Aromatic nose with hints of honeyed peaches and apricots. A silky smooth fruity palate with sweet apples, lime cordial flavours and a slight citrus zing - finishes refreshingly dry. Reminiscent of German Rieslings.
 
Serve with
Perfectly paired with spicy thai or indian curries where the sweetness of the wine balances out the heat. 
 

Cellar for

The balance of acid and sugar in this wine means it is perfect to drink and enjoy now. If kept for longer than two years the wine will start to taste sweeter due to a drop in acidity.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

Helm Central Ranges (Orange) Riesling 2014

Harvested: February 2014. Bottled: July 2014.

Our goal is to produce quality Rieslings right across Australia that show the diverse terroir or characteristics of each region. Severe frosts in October 2013 reduced the crop from our Murrumbateman region and so with extra capacity in the winery we were prompted to explore the Central Ranges region’s Riesling potential. The Central Ranges includes the regions of Orange, Cowra and Mudgee.

The Grapes

We settled on fruit from Justin Jarrett’s vineyard located near Orange. Orange is a cool climate wine region similar to Murrumbateman although with slightly lower average monthly temperatures and even snow occasionally in winter. The vineyard is easterly situated on red basalt soils at 700m elevation. The vines are meticulously managed and the fruit was of superb quality, free from disease, sunburn and bird damage. The grapes were handpicked and delivered immediately to the Helm winery at Murrumbateman where they were allowed to cool overnight before early morning processing. 

The Wine

Striking floral and lime scented bouquet. A very approachable wine, clean and fresh with tropical fruit flavours and a lingering finish. Made with similar winemaking techniques to that of our Murrumbateman Rieslings and so again this wine illustrates the effect of terroir. 

An exciting addition to the Helm Riesling family. 
 
Serve with
 
Like all of our Rieslings, this wine can be paired with numerous dishes. It will go especially well with creamy pasta and chicken dishes and all kinds of seafood. 
 
Cellar for
 
The wine can be enjoyed now while it is young and crisp or cellar for up to 10 years for a delightful mellow Riesling. 

 

 

 

 

 

Tumbarumba Riesling 2014 *SOLD OUT*

Harvested: March 2014   Bottled: July 2014 
Our goal is to produce quality Rieslings right across Australia that show the diverse terroir or characteristics of each region. This style of wine was first made in 2013 when the perfect opportunity arose to source some superb Riesling grapes from a vineyard in Tumbarumba. After its success we decided to make this wine an ongoing part of the Helm Riesling family. It was made using the same careful winemaking techniques that we use for our other Riesling styles and illustrates the important influence that terroir has on a wine.
 
The Grapes
 
The fruit was sourced from Juliette Cullen’s vineyard in Tumbarumba, which was planted in 2005 at 620M. Tumbarumba, on the western foothills of the Snowy Mountains is a cool climate region with higher rainfall and slightly lower average monthly temperatures in comparison to Murrumbateman. The Riesling is cane pruned each year in contrast to the Helm Murrumbateman vineyards which are spur pruned. Fortunately the vineyard escaped the frost that hit much of south-eastern Australia in October 2013. Importantly the grapes met Ken’s painstakingly high standards— complex flavours, disease free, no sunburn or bird damage. The grapes were handpicked in naturally cool perfect conditions and delivered to the Helm winery at Murrumbateman in the early hours of the next day for immediate processing. 
 
The Wine
 
Similar in style although a little bolder than our Murrumbateman Rieslings. Lime and pear scented nose, tropical fruit on the middle palate and a tangy citrus finish. An example of the diversity of the Riesling grape and just how good it is at expressing terroir. 
 
Serve with
 
A versatile wine that will complement a variety of cuisines, particularly Asian cuisine and seafood.

Cellar for

10 years plus, although if you prefer fresh crisp wines drink it over the next 5 years.