UK Wine Critic Sarah Ahmed of The Wine Detective recently named Helm Wines Premium Riesling 2010, Canberra District, New South Wales, one of the top five Australian wines of the year. Here’s her glowing description of the wine:
Ken Helm’s Rieslings took my breath away – why hadn’t I heard of these wines before? This, his flagship single vineyard Riesling, is positively tensile ‘n tightly coiled, with a flinty quality to its brilliant bright but subtle lime on the palate. Very, very good with incisive length and great precision. (My top five wines of the year: Australia by Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective, 28 December 2010)
Recognition for Helm Wines rieslings is certainly growing. The Premium Riesling 2010 won top gold in its class at the prestigious National Wine Show of Australia. Just as Tim Kirk’s Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier focused international attention on cool-climate Canberra District shiraz, Ken Helm may be on the way to achieving the same lofty status for his Canberra District rieslings, which Ahmed regards as among Australia’s best and one of “Australia’s best kept secrets!”
Ken Helm has been making riesling at his family-run Canberra district winery for 34 years
Helm may well have riesling in his blood. He is a fourth generation descendant of German vinedressers from the Rhineland, who established vineyards near Albury and Rutherglen in the 1860s. He has been making riesling at his family run winery in Murrumbateman for over 34 years, sourcing his grapes from four separate terroirs that range for volcanic rocky soils over limestone to volcanic rock soils over red ironstone.
The Premium Riesling, first made in 2004, is a small production (400 cases only) single vineyard wine sourced from neighbour Al Lustenberger’s vineyard. Here the soils are almost exclusively ironstone, which impart minerality and a steely acidity in the wines.
Helm combines traditional and contemporary vineyard management and winemaking techniques to insure that the terroir and intrinsic characteristics of his grapes shine through in his wines… [Read More]