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RegionCoal River, TAS
WinemakerAdrian Sparks
ColourPale straw with green hues
AromaExtremely intense lemon and lime aromas and highlighted with excellent supporting grapefruit and orange blossom characters. The nose also displays intriguing cool climate characters, aiding to this amazingly interesting wine.
PalateIntense citrus flavours of lime and grapefruit dominate this beautiful and elegant palate. The palate has an impeccably tight palate due to the racy mineral acidity. Structured and vibrant, this wine is extremely clean and has an extremely persistent finish.
Growing ConditionsA dry and warm end to 2012 saw some early development throughout the vineyard, with budburst occurring about a week ahead of average. Excellent dry conditions carried on throughout the season, allowing precise irrigation bursts to maximise the vineyards fruit potential. The fresh sea breezes on the east coast helped to dry out any rain and picking occurred right on schedule with extremely clean and intense fruit harvested.
Vinification/MaturationThe grapes were handpicked and tipped directly to pneumatic (airbag) press with only the most delicate, low yielding free run juice being selected for fermentation. After cold settling the juice was then racked and warmed prior to seeding with a yeast strain designed to enhance fruit flavour. A cool, controlled fermentation conducted in stainless steel of less than 22 days helped to accentuate primary fruit characters. Minimal handling was the focus to preserve the abundant fruit characters originally present in the grapes. The wine was bottled under screw cap to preserve freshness.
Alcohol/Vol12.5%
pH3.13pH
Acidity (TA)6.95 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date29-11-2013
Peak DrinkingAs all good cool climate Rieslings, they will continue to develop under proper cellaring conditions for at least 10 years
A spicy and fruity Tassie style that well contrasts ripe notes of lychee and guava with lemon, spicy kaffir lime zest and subtle mixed spice. It's textural and fine, with succulent fruit freshened with southern Tasmanian acidity, evolving with slow assurance.
94 points
Tyson Stelzer WBM
Hand-picked and whole bunch-pressed liberating only free-run juice (500 per tonne, not 700) and cool- fermented. Has the almost painful diamond-cut Tasmanian acidity, with no obvious residual sugar. Glorious summer seafood style, a wine of unashamed place.
94 points
James Halliday Wine Companion

Last Horizon is a culmination of Adrian Sparks? passion for cool climate viticulture. Predominantly comprising of single vineyard wines from Tasmania, illustrating the unique micro climates of each region. The Tamar Valley wines are fruit driven and relatively approachable in their youth whilst the cooler climate of the Southern Tasmanian wines are more tightly structured, elegant and built for longer term cellaring.

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