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.

Reviews of the 2017 vintage included below;

"98 Points. Wow. This is positively breathtaking, the complex spray of citrus flavours impacting the second the wine enters the mouth, and linger long after the finish. The citrus is unsweetened green grapefruit juice and zest, acidity a given but nonetheless playing an important role. Trophy Best White Wine Limestone Coast Wine Show '17 not the least surprising. For the record, pH 2.83, titratable acidity 9.36g/l and residual sugar 6g/l. Price when Tasted: $22.00. Date when Tasted: 15 Jan 2018 Alcohol: 11% Drink By: 2037 Closure: Screwcap" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019.

"John Innes was for many years the chief winemaker at Rymill, one of Coonawarra’s leading lights. Today Innes and his wife Melissa run Fodder, a small local eatery, as well as producing small volumes of wine under their own Ottelia label. This is a fragrant and delicious Riesling made from fruit grown at nearby Mount Gambier. Lemon and lime sherbet flavours are to the fore here, along with ultra-crisp minerally characters and some very bright acid backbone. A brilliant partner for spicy Thai dishes"- Winsor Dobbin, Ciao Magazine, June 2018.

"This wine put me in mind of my first taste of Ken Helm’s Canberra District Rieslings - how could I possibly have not encountered this vinous snap, crackle of electricity and pop wine before? Wow, it’s intense, from the lime blossom tip to super-long tail. Terrific energy, line and length, with crisp’n crunchy green apple, fresh lime, lifted lime flower, spicier kaffir lime hints and a saline and flint minerality to its relentless, lip-smacking finish. Clean (and penetrating) as the proverbial whistle. 11%" - Sarah Ahmed,

Availability: In stock

Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
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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