2021 reviews

“The Learnings” watervale riesling 2021

Wine Pilot Review by Ken Gargett

No secret that everyone is raving over the quality of wines from the Clare Valley in 2021, especially the Rieslings (and, I should add, about the quality of wines in many regions – it is a cracker vintage). Limefinger is the retirement project for Neil Pike, well known to so many for so many brilliant Rieslings from Pikes (who are still doing sensational things, notwithstanding his absence), before he put down the secateurs (I jest – he had people for that) and picked up his golf clubs. In between rounds, he has made some seriously good Rieslings. This is his second vintage for Limefinger. The fruit for this wine, as it did in 2020, comes from 20 year old vines on the St Clare Gardens “Honey Home” block, just a few minutes drive from the Watervale township.

This wine is crystal clear and with a gorgeous nose, both subtle and brimming with promise. Spices, lemon/lime notes, a character reminiscent of the topping on an Iced VoVo biscuit, lemon grass and more. The palate is soft and lingering with a very good flick of acidity to carry the flavours on the long finish. Seamless and balanced, the palate exhibits more of that lovely lime/lemon character and some florals. Glorious now but even better in ten. 1,250 bottles only. 96.

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Winefront Review by Gary Walsh

Good fellow is Neil Pike. I bumped into him in the lobby of the Adelaide Hilton earlier in the year. Adelaide is a place I like a lot, and probably my second favourite city in Australia, after Sydney, but it’s kind of a small town!

Fragrant, vanilla, kafir lime and lemongrass sort of thing, along with typical lemon/lime juiciness. It’s quite tight, with a fine chalk dust texture, a bit of spice and a perfumed finish of precision and excellent length. A fair bit of crunch and energy. I really like it.

Rated : 94 Points
Tasted : Sep21
Alcohol : 12%
Price : $37.50
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2021 – 2027+

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“The Solace” polish hill river riesling 2021

Wine Pilot Review by Ken Gargett

This is the first time this wine has appeared under the Limefinger label and what a wonderful addition. The grapes come from 30 year old vines on the “Home” block, which is planted around Neil’s house.

If it is possible, this is even clearer than the Learnings – gin clear. You could be forgiven for thinking you held in your hand a glass of water. Again, those wonderful lime notes, although they really might be more at the grapefruit end of the spectrum, and a steely background. This is tight, concentrated, offering characters of lemon grass and river stones. Vibrant acidity grabs the attention, but everything is in perfect balance. A wine of great length. This will surely go twenty years or more in a good cellar. Drink the Learnings while waiting for this to fully develop, but be in no hurry with either. 2,000 bottles. 97.

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Winefront Review by Gary Walsh

Auric Limefinger, one of the more affable villains, I’d say. What is The Quantum of Solace anyway. 42?

Very tight, a lot of crunch and distinct chalk ‘mineral’ feel to it. It has a bit of citrus zest in the mix, juice of fresh lime, quite a lot of grip, and a firm, almost dusty finish of outstanding length. Polished Polish, with a heap of spice and limey zest.

Rated : 95 Points
Tasted : Sep21
Alcohol : 11%
Price : $37.50
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2022 – 2031+

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