Deploying traditional winemaking techniques in the Clare Valley.
August 14, 2020
The Clare Valley is one of South Australia's standout regions, and one of Australia's oldest wine regions, too. So, when Justin Ardill decided to leap from pharmacy and medicine to winemaking with his wife Julie, it was a natural choice for their base. That was back in 1993 and, under the Reillys Wines brand, the pair is still crafting estate wines 27 years on.
Reillys' approach: deploying traditional winemaking techniques in order to bring out the distinct flavour of the grapes. That's what you'll taste in the label's flagship white, the award-winning Reillys Watervale riesling, which has been available since the winery's very first vintage and features floral, citrus and honeysuckle notes.
Unsurprisingly, it's one of the drops on offer at Reillys' heritage-listed cellar door is Mintaro in the Clare Valley, which also includes a restaurant and B&B cottages.