Tumbarumba Riesling

Our goal is to produce quality Rieslings right across Australia that show the diverse terroir or characteristics of each region. This style was first made in 2013 when the perfect opportunity arose to source some superb Riesling from Juliet Cullen’s Excelsior (GM 110 clone ) vineyard planted in 2005 in near 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 Riesling fruit was sourced from Juliette Cullen’s vineyard in Tumbarumba, which was planted in 2005 at 620M. The Riesling clone GM 110 is planted on S04 rootstocks and trellised on VSP. 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. 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

Fresh apple blossom aroma. Clean and fresh, granny smith apple and lemon zest with refreshing acidity. A delicious Riesling exhibiting the uniqueness of the grape and expressing its origin –  terroir.

Serve with

A versatile wine that will pair wonderfully with many foods, particularly Asian cuisine and seafood.

Cellar for

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

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Vintage 2023
Winemaker Ken Helm and Rory Shingles
Region Tumbarumba NSW
Harvested March 2023
Bottled May 2023
Alcohol 10.5%