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Josef Chromy Delikat SGR Riesling 2017

Josef Chromy Delikat Riesling2017

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A crowd favourite here at Specialist Cellars, this Riesling ticks all our boxes. SGR (Sixty Grams Residual) indicates this wine is made in Germanic style. High natural acid, juicy citrus, and honeysuckle flavours creates a delicate drop that boasts poise and style.

Why we love it: 

Elegant, delicate and well-balanced.

Drink with: 

Anything you like!

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Tech

Country
Region
Sub-Region
Relbia
Blend Info.
100% Riesling
Alcohol by Vol.
6.5%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Cellaring
Now - 2027+
Serving Temp.
5 - 10°
Closure
Screw Cap

Producer

Josef Chromy

Josef Chromy escaped from Communist Czechoslovakia in 1950, a penniless 19-year-old, and made his way to Australia. After working at a cement and asbestos factory in northwest Tasmania, he saved enough money to start his own butchery, although due to language difficulties and a lack of capital, the business collapsed. Nevertheless, Josef continued on with his new venture to Blue Ribbon Meat Products, which became one of the state’s leading butcheries. Josef acquired farms, piggeries, factories and other properties, eventually taking the company public. Fast forward a few years and Josef’s company, the JAC Group, had acquired several leading wineries, and after more purchases and sales, he started the Josef Chromy brand in 2007 - at age 76. The winery quickly gained many awards and became one of the most successful wineries in Tasmania. The 150-acre vineyard produces a number of varieties made from estate fruit, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris. Despite suffering a stroke just before his 76th birthday, Josef, with utmost determination, trekked the road to recovery. The wines are now produced by Chief Winemaker and General Manager Jeremy Dineen, a Tasmanian with much experience crafting vintages in Margaret River, McLaren Vale and the Goulburn Valley, Victoria.

Josef Chromy Wines are available across several labels. ‘Pepik’ is the ‘informal’ range of wines, made for everyday drinking, and includes Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sparkling Rosé. The ‘Josef Chromy’ label is for wines that showcase the varietal expression of the cool-climate vineyard, and includes a range of sparkling, white, red and dessert wines. The ‘Zdar’ range (named after Josef’s hometown in the Czech Republic) is reserved for parcels of wine that truly excel, and therefore is only made in limited releases.

For more information on Josef Chromy and his fascinating story, head to his website.

Region

Tasmania

Tasmania is an island lying to the south of the Australian mainland at 42 degrees. Being an island, the Australian state experiences a maritime weather environment, and many of the vineyards have to put up wind blocks to shelter the vines. Although Tasmania’s wine output only accounts for 1% of national wine production, it more than makes up for it in quality, with the state’s wines accounting for around 10% of Australia’s premium wine segment.

The area primarily grows Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc, with some smaller plantings of Riesling, Pinot Gris and Cabernet Sauvignon. As global warming slowly roasts the planet, the prospect of increasing the production of red wine using Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz is being explored.

The lower slopes of Tasmania enjoy a rich soil profile and are a mix of ancient sandstone/mudstones and newer river sediments/igneous volcanic rocks. The combination of soil profile and cool climate results in Tasmania being a fantastic region for the production of sparkling wines. Frequently being compared to Champagne, it’s widely agreed that Tasmania’s sparkling wines go head to head with its French competitor. In fact, one producer has even made the tongue and cheek move of dubbing their wine Methode Tasmanoise.