Winemaker: Ian Hongell
Ian Hongell was formerly chief winemaker for Peter Lehmann and responsible for many of the great Wigan Rieslings released over the last decade. He was thrilled to continue his Riesling legacy with Otherness in tandem with his chief winemaker duties at Torbreck, where he is crafting some of the Barossa’s most exciting wines made from classic Rhone Varietals.
A magical vintage in SA coaxed a delicious cornucopia of flavours from high-grown Riesling, captured here by Ian Hongell. As well as the expected lime and lemon, white florals and quinine weave their way through the mix.
“Pale with green flashes in the glass and aromas of freshly squeezed lime, grapefruit, Bickford’s lime cordial, Christmas lily, orange blossom and crushed quartz. Some nice texture on the palate with dots of lemon curd and crème fraiche, fine lacy acidity that provides ample tension and propulsion as the wine scoots to a precise limey finish”. Made by Ian Hongell.
Dave Brookes, Halliday Wine Companion 2024
“Has a sense of precision and poise, tightly wound Riesling delivered from limey citrus and crunchy green apple with faint blackcurrant elements and a twist of dill-like green herb. Sizzles in the palate with its skeletal acid profile and yet we find gentle nuance of lees in hazelnut and almond savouriness. The resulting wine is excellent, drinking superbly right here, right now”.
Mike Bennie, WBM July/August 2023