Vineyard: Heathvale Vineyard is located only a few minutes drive from Henschke Cellar Door in Eden Valley. Elevated at 400 - 450 meters, the Riesling vines are planted on an east-facing, lean stretch of soil. The low-yielding vineyard is planted with four different clones to promote diversity in the field and complexity in the final wine.
Season: In stark contrast to the previous year, the 2017 growing season followed a long wet winter that replenished soil water profiles and a wet, windy September. A mild summer included regular rainfall events ensuring a long, cool ripening period. Bunch weights were increased leading to yield levels getting back to average and a harvest schedule also getting back to “normal” with Riesling coming off at the end of March and into April.
Winemaking: The fruit is handpicked and pressed in a bag press before the chilled settled free-run juice is cold fermenting over 14 days to preserve the aromatics of the juice.
Appearance: Bright pale straw in the glass with faint hues of green, the 2017 displays finely-honed characters that have made the Eden Valley a benchmark region of Riesling.
Aroma/Bouquet: Floral aromatics with fresh citrus, lemon sherbet bound together with generous minerals and flinty slate notes traditionally found on the Heathvale Riesling site.
Palate: The wine is persistent with rolling viscosity, crisp and fresh with a dry finish expected from a quality Eden Valley Riesling.
Food Pairing: Grilled seafood, freshly shucked Coffin Bay Oysters, Sashimi of King Fish served with Radicchio salad featuring finger limes and grapefruit side.
pH: 3.19 g/L
Residual Sugar: .45 g/L
Production: 170 cases
Cellar potential: 20+ years
Winemaker: Chris Taylor/Trevor March
Eden Valley Wines Saviours Cellar Release Riesling - Wine Room Exclusive
Eden Valley is home to the oldest Riesling vines in the world and just like the long life of the vines so is the wine. Cellaring any Eden Valley Riesling is a joy in itself.
The 'Saviours' Riesling is more than a collection of Riesling grapes from the best vineyards in Eden Valley, it is a story about dedication, history and passion for our sense of place in the wine world. Eden Valley Wines is owned by a group of good friends who fought hard and long to acquire the brand name to trademark a piece of the Eden Valley history for generations to come. This wine will remain true to the region and always sourced from the best Riesling grapes on offer. To save a brand name from ownership being sold to the big boys is the story of Eden Valley Saviours Riesling.
Vineyard: The fruit comes from a members super-premium parcels only. Those vineyards are scattered throughout the whole region, with each of them contributing in a different way to the wine e.g. Body, flavours and acidity. Due to the vintage variation it is necessary to have a blend of vineyards to achieve the desired complexity.
Season: Eden Valley Wines was born when a group of some of the best viticulturists and winemakers from Eden Valley came together to make two wines that truly represent what the region stands for. They called themselves the “12 Saviours”.
In exceptional vintages they select the best parcels of fruit from the members vineyards to make their iconic Riesling and blend from the best barrels of Shiraz together to make the “Saviours Shiraz”.
Wine making: The 12 Saviours is a group of industry leaders, including Bob Berton (Berton Vineyards), John Dawkins (vigneron), David Hall (Eden Hall Wines), Stephen Henschke (Henschke), James Irvine (Irvine Wines), Trevor March (Heathvale Vineyards), Joanne Irvine (Irvine Wines), Peter Seppelt (Grand Cru Wines), Richard Sheedy (Glen Eldon Wines), Brian Waples (vigneron), Richard Wiencke (Eden Springs Wines), Ian Zander (vigneron).
Stephen Henschke together with James and Joanne Irvine are in charge of making the wines. The aim with Riesling is to show intense fruit with fine acidity and to finish long and crisp, paying special attention to the aging potential.
Appearance: Rich straw yellow with a touch of a green hue.
Aroma/Bouquet: Oily characters dominate the nose with citrus blossoms bursting from the glass perhaps from some age ,but the structure is still tight and vibrant.
Palate: Intense lemon-lime flavours with underlying minerality and crisp acidity.
Food Pairing: Perfectly matched aged and hard cheese.
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 200 dozen (750ml)
Cellar potential: 5+ years
Wine maker: Joanne Irvine, Stephen Henschke
Vineyard: Riley's Riesling vineyard was established on a three hectare site just outside the township of Eden Valley. The vineyard is located in the heart of the Eden Valley wine region and noted for high elevation with a cool evening temperatures, essential for premium white wine production.
Season: Generous late winter rains replenished the soil profile followed into Spring. Consistent warm summer days with cool nights allowed for perfect slow ripening, maximising Riesling bunch flavour. The vintage will be long remembered as an exceptional one.
Wine making: Hand picked, gently pressed to which the free run juice was chill fermented by controlled temperature and bottled to maintain the primary Riesling aromas and flavours.
Appearance: Pale straw
Aroma/Bouquet: Fresh citrus of lemon and limes with notes of bath salts and floral perfume.
Palate: Fresh and citrus zest explode form the glass with mineral notes intertwined with lemon, white peach and washed slate. Crisp acidity is obvious with a light and dry finish.
Food Pairing: Beer battered fish and chips with lashings of lemon, Thai fish cakes with fresh Asian salad or pork dumplings with Vietnamese greens.
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 200 cases
Cellar potential: 10+ years
Wine consultant: Joanne Irvine
Vineyard: Mountadam Vineyards has long been recognised as one of Eden Valley's pinnacle vineyards. Established in the 1970's and mastering cool climate varieties such as Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurztraminer before an array of red wine varieties took hold. The vineyard is situated in the High Eden region of the Barossa at an altitude of 550m, where the breezes and slow ripening micro-climate enable superior quality of wine grapes.
Season: The vintage can be characterised as long and cool with good winter rains providing high moisture levels in the soil. January to February were cooler than expected with March having warmer days 2 - 3 degrees above average.
Wine making: Riesling grapes are handpicked from 44 year old vines, gentle pressed and chill fermented prior to bottling.
Appearance: Pale straw with green hue
Aroma/Bouquet: Citrus blossom, lemon and jasmine flowers with underlying dried herb.
Palate: Lashings of lemon and lime citrus with chalky minerals typical of the Eden Valley region. Dried herbs with subtle nuances of floral perfume linger across the palate with a dry and crisp finish.
Food Pairing: Seasonal summer salads with Halloumi or King Fish, chilli crab linguni or an intensely rich and creamy seafood chowder.
Residual Sugar: NA
Cellar potential: 10+ years
Wine maker: Helen McCarthy