The Hanlin Hill Vineyard was planted on the elevanted eastern slopes of the Clare Valley in 1968 at an altitude up to 550 metre above sea level. The red brown loam lays over the Mintaro slate and shale geology which produces the minerality in the Riesling for which Petaluma is famous for since it was first released in 1979.
The 2019 Hanlin Hill is typical of the Petaluma style, late picked with citrus and orange blossom aromas. This is a concentrated dry wine with intense lime, hints of chalkiness accompanied with beautifully focused acidity. A wonderful wine to enjoy in its youth but as with all Petaluma rieslings, it will be worth the wait to watch it develop in bottle for many years, even decades, to come.
Decanter Magazine – 92 points
James Halliday – 92 points