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O'Leary Walker Wines

www.olearywalkerwines.com

Main Rd, Leasingham 5452 (PO Box 49, Watervale, 5452)

Cellar Door: Daily: Mon-Sat (10-4), Sun/pub hols (11-4)

Ph: (08) 8843 0022

O'Leary Walker wines from Adelaide Hills region

David O’Leary and Nick Walker became friends while studying at Roseworthy College.

After a couple of decades working for many of Australia’s largest wine companies they established their own winery and brand in 2000.

The main vineyard is based at Watervale (Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Semillon).

They also have a smaller vineyard in the Adelaide Hills (Chardonnay, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot).

The beautifully poised Polish Hill Riesling is one of Australia's best value consistent high performers.

Avenmore Tastings
When I visited in Oct 2009 the new complex was in the process of being built (photo: genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

O’Leary Walker Watervale Riesling 2016

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2018 or 2026 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, Wine of Provenance Trophy at 2016 Clare Valley Wine Show (along with 2010 and 2003), dry grown vines, aromatic and bright lime and lemon zest with fennel and rose petal notes with the lanolin of the sub-region, even a hint of tonic water, tangy and racy citric acidity (****1/2)

O’Leary Walker Polish Hill Riesling 2016

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2018 or 2028

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, floral, focussed and intense lemon rind, green apple and lime with orange blossom and rose petal notes with slaty minerality, chalky phenolics with grapefruit acidity  and good length (****1/2)

O’Leary Walker Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, some McLaren Vale fruit in the mix with Clare Valley, rather ripe and leathery blackcurrant and dark plums with liquorice and violet notes, slightly dehydrated and advanced concentration, grainy  tannins with spicy mocha oak (***)

O’Leary Walker Polish Hill Riesling 2014

Purchased:  Not ($22)

Drink: 2016 or 2024+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, aromatic lemon peel and lime with orange blossom and lavender notes, linear, minerallty and precise with penetrating citric acidity on the lingering slaty finish (****1/2)

O’Leary Walker Watervale Riesling 2014

Purchased:  Not ($20)

Drink: 2016 or 2022+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, perfumed and generous lime and lemon with jasmine, lanolin, fennel and musky spice notes, the palate is fairly plump reflecting the sub-region and the warm vintage,  talcy with a we stone finish and a crunchy lemon zest finish (****)

O’Leary Walker Polish Hill Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2014 or 2019+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, moderately intense lime cordial and lemon peel with lavender, orange blossom and musk notes, good line and length, chalky texture with the sub-regional steeliness, penetrating lemon rind acidity (****)

O’Leary Walker Watervale Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink:

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, Top Gold in Riesling Class at Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2012, fragrant lime and lemon with jasmine, rose petal, brown spice and lavender notes, plumpish palate shows a touch of lanolin, fine bath powder texture with the wet slate and zesty lemony acid finish, good length (****1/2)

O’Leary Walker Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2018+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, sourced from the cooler Polish Hill River and 50 year old dry grown vines at the Armagh subregion, rich and essency redcurrant, cassis and blueberry cake with tobacco, violet and black olive notes, becomes drier further down the medium-full bodied palate, long chassis of powdery tannins with a spicy cedar finish from the French hogsheads, contrasting input from the subregions adds to the interest without looking too disjointed (****)

O’Leary Walker Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, as usual it is sourced from the Clare Valley and McLaren Vale, juicy and generous core of blackberry and dark plum with olive, liquorice and black pepper notes, the earthy medium bodied palate has good length and finishes relatively dry apart from light dab of dark chocolate, fine powdery tannins with a spine of fresh acidity (***1/2)

O’Leary Walker Polish Hill Riesling 2011

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Melb CBD ($20)

Drink: 2013 or 2021+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2012, perfumed, expressive and shapely core of kaffir lime and lemon essence with rose petal, spice and orange blossom notes and a touch of lees savouriness, long backbone of tangy grapefruit acidity with the sub-regional slatiness (****1/2)

O’Leary Walker Polish Hill Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012 or 2020 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, long and tightly wound core of kaffir lime and lemon with rose petal and orange blossom notes, subtle lees savouriness and fine minerality, backbone of lively grapefruit acidity leads to the wet slate finish (****1/2)

O’Leary Walker Watervale Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, fragrant lime and lemon with jasmine, rose petal and fennel notes, slightly plumper than the Polish Hill with a touch of lanolin but still has drive and focus, fine bathpowder texture with a slatey/ grapefruit acid finish, good length (****)

O’Leary Walker Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, fragrant and sumptuous blackcurrant jam and dark plum with violet and eucalypt notes, medium-full bodied with spicy cedar/chocolate from the French oak, fine powdery tannins, excellent value although not as polished as the 2008 vintage (****)

O’Leary Walker Polish Hill Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012 or 2018 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, perhaps a touch broader and open than the 2008 but is still shapely and focussed showing lemon blossom and kaffir lime with the wet stone and slate features of the sub-region, lingering backbone of zesty lemon acidity (****)

O’Leary Walker Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, St. Kilda ($19)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, Gold Medal at 2010 Sydney Royal Wine Show 2010, quite rich, meaty, briary and dense blackcurrant and mint although the power comes from the thick extract rather than high alcohol, powdery texture, chewy tannins and vibrant acids, slightly jagged line at the moment but this really needs some decent cellaring time (****)

O’Leary Walker Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, sourced from the Clare Valley and McLaren Vale, perfumed with a core of blackberry and plum with olive and black pepper notes, the medium bodied palate shows some attractive minerality and a lick of dark chocolate, powdery tannins with some fresh acidity (***1/2)

O’Leary Walker Watervale Riesling 2009

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($19)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, quite perfumed, it is fuller and a touch more forward than the 2008 vintage showing tangy lemon and kaffir lime with some brown spice and herb notes and a whisper of yeastiness, attractive talcy base infused with fresh pink grapefruit acidity and the regional slatiness, an earlier drinking proposition than the Polish Hill (****)

O’Leary Walker Watervale Riesling 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, tangy and vibrant kaffir lime and lemon rind with a fine chalky backbone with a wet stone finish, good length, not as focussed or structured as the Polish Hill but a return to form after the 2007 vintage (****)

O’Leary Walker Clare Valley McLaren Vale Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, the 75% Clare Valley input brings the perfumed blackberry power while the McLaren Vale input brings the sumptuousness and chocolate/liquorice, savoury and medium-full bodied with a creamy mocha finish, supple and fine tannins, seductive style (****)

O’Leary Walker Polish Hill Riesling 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010 or 2017 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2008, Penguin Wine Award for Best Australian Riesling, benefited from the mild pre-March vintage conditions, attractively floral nose with a bright lemon blossom and lime juice, shapely palate with a firm cut of wet stone and slatey minerality, well controlled phenolics, still a little young and musky as new vintages are before Christmas but will be outstanding when fully developed (****1/2)

O’Leary Walker Watervale Riesling 2007

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: April 2008, unusual yellow colour for such a young Riesling attractive floral citrus and mineral nose, tangy but broad lime and lemon sherbert alongside musky berry aspects, assertive chalky mineral backbone, crisp citric finish is quite persistent, looser than usual and early developing with honeysuckle aspects of a 3-4 year old Riesling perhaps reflecting the extreme vintage (***1/2)

O’Leary Walker Watervale Riesling 2006

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2008, classic regional style with vibrant slaty citrus blossom bouquet, tangy lime and lemon sherbert, tight linear structure, plenty of minerality and a wet slate base, fresh underpinning of citric acids, great length (****1/2)

O’Leary Walker Polish Hill Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, attractive fragrant citrus blossom nose, generous but well structured lime, green apple and lemon sherbet, flinty backbone, chalky minerally finish with excellent length and acid balance (****1/2)

O’Leary Walker Watervale Riesling 2005

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, floral nose, lime and lemon blossom flavours, slatey mineral backbone, dry crisp finish with good length, good value (****)

O’Leary Walker Polish Hill Riesling 2005

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, fragrant lime and lemon blossom flavours, mineral backbone, dry minerally finish with excellent length, slightly tighter and more austere than the Watervale (****1/2)