Vineyard: Located in the Eden Valley region of Springton on a gentle slope is the Forbes & Forbes Riesling vineyard. Grown at an altitude of 440 meters in sandy loam soil with an array of ancient rock forms consisting of schist, quartz, ironstone and granite.
Season: Generous winter rain replenished the soil profile from late winter into early spring. Cool evenings allowed for slow fruit development leading into warm summer days. The season in combination with cool evenings maximised Riesling flavour with consistent growth and quality bunches. Certainly a vintage of premium class.
Wine making: 100% Riesling grapes were handpicked and gently pressed to capture the free run juice. The Riesling juice was settled for 48 hours following an extended fermentation temperature at 15-22 degrees before fining and bottling.
Appearance: Clear to pale green
Aroma/Bouquet: Fresh citrus, perfumed petals and green apples.
Palate: Zingy mandarin overtones with an abundance of lemon and limes. Washed slate minerals fill the palate with fresh crisp acidity, dry and well balanced.
Food Pairing: Freshly shucked Oysters, Beer battered fish and chips, spicy cuisine or try creamy pasta dishes.
Residual Sugar: 3g/L
Production: 200 cases
Cellar potential: Now – 10+ years
Wine maker: Colin Forbes
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: A late vintage compared to previous years. Cooler days and nights, which meant the flavours were more concentrated due to a longer ripening period.
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
Vineyard: Estate grown across five acres in the heart of the Eden Valley wine region. Old vines established on own roots in thin rocky soils. The challenging environment maintains low yields, with tight bunches and concentrated fruit formation. Traditional hand management of the vineyard enables vines to capture individuality specific to site location.
Season: A late vintage compared to previous years. Cooler days and nights, which meant the flavours were more concentrated due to a longer ripening period.e.
Wine making: Free run juice was captured and chill fermented with delicate lees stirring before a final filtration and bottling.
Aroma/Bouquet: Hints of musk and apple blossom underpinned by citrus lime.
Palate: Lemon zest and lime with hints of sage and mineral carry through to a dry, crisp finish.
Food Pairing: Grilled halloumi with lemon zest and seared greens, Lemon and thyme roast chicken, Duck terrine with freshly baked sourdough rolls or seasonal fresh seafood dishes.
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 572 dozen (750ml)
Cellar potential: 15+ years
Wine maker: Christa Deans
Vineyard: The Riesling used for Ratafia is located at our Avon Brae vineyard in the High Eden region of Eden Valley. Grown at an altitude of 490m with regular breezes allowing for healthy growing conditions.
Season: The 2006 vintage is seen as another high quality year but yields in most varieties were down by 15-20%. The vintage was one of the earliest on record, with whites were nearly all picked by the end of March.
Winemaking: The wine grapes were allowed to sweeten on the vine before hand harvesting and traditionally pressed before chill fermentation. Once fermented dry, an addition of fortified wine was added before bottling and aging to release.
Appearance: Pale yellow golden colour.
Aroma/Bouquet: A distinctive toffee apple nose with hints of fairy floss.
Palate: A generous palate of rich, mouth filling fruit with golden syrup characters, trails on to a lingering, cleansing finish.
Food Pairing: Cheese plates, a large glass of ice for a refreshing summer wine, de-glazing, create a syrup for citrus sponge. Versatile and enticing!
Residual Sugar: 3.04 g/L
Production: 2000 dozen (375ml)
Cellar potential: 25+ years
Winemaker: Christa Deans