So much for retirement. Neil ‘limefinger’ Pike is renowned as a master of Clare Valley riesling, but his legend should be even better known than it is. He’s a master of both the Watervale and Polish Hill River sub-regions, the latter – part of Pike’s ‘retirement project’ – responsible for this year’s Riesling of the Year. Interestingly, at this year’s blind judging ATR Chockstone Grampians Riesling 2022 (not listed below but top rated for its region) was neck-and-neck with the limefinger after the first round of judging, which says a lot about the quality of the Chockstone, and even more about how fortunate we are to have so many great Australian riesling regions.
2024 Riesling of the Year
98 points (PD*) | Price when tasted $38