Illimis Riesling 2016

Illimis Riesling 2016
Illimis Riesling 2016

Lucinda Heyns has worked for huge name wineries (Jordan & Mulderbosch) as a viticulturist but she now makes her own wines under Illimis.

I knew I wanted to feature Lucinda’s wines as it was an excuse to open her Cinsault. But then this Riesling caught my eye and...well, was I really supposed to just ignore the Riesling???

Lime, green and yellow apples, ripe pears and apricot. Again, I wonder if I’m imagining the petrol because it’s subtle. It feels richly textured and full bodied in the mouth, and that initial bright, mineral acidity settles into a full waxy finish. Sign me up for some more.

Vini + Viti:

Young bushvines grown on red loamy clay soils on cool slopes near a wetland in Darling. Whole bunch pressed, spontaneous fermentation in old barrels, 7 months on the lees and unfiltered.

Final Thoughts:

Illimis is Latin for clarity, and it reflects Lucinda’s belief that wine should be the window into where it’s vineyard is rooted. I firmly believe that everything starts with the vine - so I can’t think of a more clear vision than this. Illimis also supports Horizon House, who offer a safe residential and employment environment for people with primary intellectual disabilities. Viticulture, winemaking and giving back - Lucinda has a clear vision for Illimis. 

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