Everything happens for a Riesling
Posted on : 28 July 2017
“Going to university, I used to always sneak Riesling from the old man’s cellar and everyone used to call me a Riesling freak, so when I went out by myself the decision was made for me … it had to be Rieslingfreak.” John Hughes, owner and winemaker Rieslingfreak
The dream to show the diversity of the Riesling grape has come to fruition with John Hughes picking up five awards at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show for his Rieslingfreak No.3, 2017 Riesling, including the big two – the KPMG Perpetual Trophy for Best Wine of Show and the Tucker Seabrook Perpetual Trophy for Best State Show Wine.
Rieslingfreak No.3 is harvested from the Hughes family vineyard. The heavy red clay soils contribute to the fruit intensity of this wine, providing a fruit driven style of Riesling. Being from Clare, the wine has classic flavours of ripe lemon and lime and some tropical fruit notes.
Adding the titles of Best Riesling, Best Young White and Best White to his KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show prizes more than satisfies a goal John Hughes has been chasing since he was 16 years old. Wanting his own wine business, making his own wine under his own wine label led to Rieslingfreak and wine drinkers of Australia should thank John’s father for introducing his son to the grape.
“I have made the call that 2017 is the Riesling Vintage of the Century thus far.”