Ottelia Mount Gambier Riesling

Ottelia Mount Gambier Riesling 2019

Coonawarra, South Australia   |    750ml   |    12.6%
John Innes is a 30-year veteran of Coonawarra, with a deep knowledge of it and the surrounding region that he is putting to good use with his Ottelia project. Produced from grapes grown on the Innes family vineyard in Mount Gambier, the 2019 Ottelia Mount Gambier Riesling is another sensational, intensely flavoured example that offers wonderful value drinking at this price.

"Not much more than a stone's throw south of Coonawarra, and more exposed to the cold winds coming offer the Great Southern Ocean, Mount Gambier's mix of flint and limestone soils give the wines serious character. This wine is delicate and vibrant in style, with floral and citrus fruits plus a touch of lemongrass. What I love most is its chalky minerality with a touch of flint smoke that gives it detail. The high acidity is well balanced with just a touch of sweetness. Watch this space" - Angus Hughson, Gourmet Traveller Wine, April / May 2020.

"Beautiful lines of flavour. It’s not overly intense but the purity is noteworthy. Lime, slate and mineral characters, almost into lemonade but without the sweetness. Love the elegant drinkability of this. 91 Points Tasted: Sep19. 11% alc. $22 Screwcap Drink: 2019 - 2026" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

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Prior to establishing Ottelia John Innes served a 30‐year apprenticeship in wine making. It started as a 17 year old growing up in Bathurst, NSW. Despite not having a strong connection to wine making, though his parents were known to bottle their own Mudgee red on occasion, he knew he wanted to be a winemaker.

A few years and a few detours later, he was studying Wine Science and working as an assistant to the esteemed Italian wine maker Carlo Corino, considered one of the best in the game.

A move to Coonawarra followed where John worked as a winemaker for 20 vintages, and then as a winemaking consultant.

He knows the Limestone Coast well, its wine growing regions of Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Mount Benson and Mount Gambier, their different soils, their climates. That’s the background, the knowledge and the enthusiasm John brings to Ottelia.

Ottelia Ovalifolia is the horticultural name for the waterlily that blooms with white and purple flowers on John and Melissa’s property, it hosts a chorus of native frogs at night and provides the namesake for John’s fascination, his wine label Ottelia.

Historically the hardy native grew abundantly across the region; borrowing the name for the wine seemed fitting given the years invested in working in the area’s vineyards.
South Australia
The Ellis family vineyards lie in the Mount Gambier GI, located in the Kongorong area southwest of Mount Gambier. The proximity to the Southern Ocean provides the coolest maritime climate of mainland Australia, this cool climate extends the ripening of fruit throughout Autumn, ideal for accumulation of flavour and optimum ripening. The vineyards are planted in fractured Limestone, this flinty surface contributes to the mineral elements and the hint of gun smoke character in the wine.

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