Helm Tumbarumba Riesling 2017


91 Points, Mike Bennie, Wine Front, “Ken Helm was interested in using his 40 years know-how with Riesling to see how other districts work with Riesling, so he stretched himself to Orange and Tumbarumba over recent years. “I wanted to see how my winemaking worked with other places”, he quipped. It’s light and crisp, delicate, lacy. Fresh as you like, easy to drink, crisp and cool in its fruit profile. Citrus fruit and citrus blossom abound. Fragrant perfume adds in some talc and jasmine scents. Leaner, very mouth-watering style. Oysters ahoy!”

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The Helm Family purchased land at Murrumbateman in 1973 and began planting their vineyard. Ken saw great potential in this site and planted Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cool climate wine region of Murrumbateman sits about 35 km from Canberra and about 15km from Yass, NSW Ken and his daughter Stephanie make all the wines at Helm. The winery uses a combination of the best modern Stainless steel tanks to traditional basket presses. With these techniques and a minimalist approach to wine making, Ken wants you to experience a bottle of wine that best shows the Terrior of his site. In 2010 Ken was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia recognising Ken’s service to the Australian Wine Industry, the promotion of Riesling and the Cool climate Wine regions of Murrumbateman and Yass.

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