Antipodes - Riesling 2020
Region: Adelaide Hills
Unique and incredibly limited Riesling from Jean-Jacques Morel. Sourced from a tiny parcel of late picked fruit, fermented over many months almost to dryness. Just 80 bottles produced.
Vibrant yellow gold colour. Complex nose of dried white flowers, ripe quince and pear, minerals and white clay, with a baked cheesecake note. Full and pithy with juicy brown lime and bitter lemon cordial fruits, some vanilla spice. The 9 grams or so residual sugar providing perfect balance to the broad flowing palate. Like no other Riesling…
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Antipodés is the realisation of a long-held dream for Jean-Jacques Morel, the natural micro producer from Saint-Aubin in Burgundy. After selling his wines in Australia for many years, JJ was invited to attend the sustainable wine fair Rootstock Sydney in 2014, where he was enchanted by the openness and camaraderie of the Australian vignerons; so much so, that he visited the Adelaide Hills after the event to share his wines and meet some minds. JJ was amazed by the sense of community; something he feels is severely lacking in today’s ultra-competitive Burgundian landscape. His furtive mind was inspired and the seed was sown to make wine down under. Slowly over the subsequent months the desire grew and his dream was finally realized in 2017 with his first Australian wine.
Rejoicing in the freedom from restrictive French wine laws, he is indulging his curiosity through experimenting with new blends and varieties from the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley. Jean-Jacques matches his French philosophies and agricultural practices, sourcing biologically-farmed fruit and the winemaking is minimal to the extreme.