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
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: 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
Vineyard: This Riesling takes its name from a local landmark - Peggy’s Hill, at the top of the range between Eden Valley and Keyneton. Produced from selected traditional Henschke Eden Valley growers, with vines around 50 years of age. Vineyards are established on ancient Cambrian soils with average altitudes of 500m. The Eden Valley Peggy's Hill Riesling displays exceptional varietal and regional characteristics.
Season: A late start to picking and a mild period of ripening finished with the last grapes being picked in mid-May. A wet winter enabled a good foundation for dry-grown vines established on own roots. A mild summer with regular rainfall events allowed the grapes to reach full maturity. Careful hand picking in the vineyard with sorting of grapes ensured quality was not compromised. The vintage will be characterized by impeccably floral and vibrant Rieslings, an indicator of the slightly cooler conditions.
Winemaking: Hand picked wine grapes were fermented in tank and bottled post vintage to preserve the delicate aromatic fruit characters.
Appearance: Pale straw with green hues.
Aroma/Bouquet: Vibrant aromas of lime and lemon zest, flowering lavender, white rose and citrus blossom are met by notes of stone-fruit and green peppercorn.
Palate: An intense and generous palate of concentrated lemon, lime zest and stone-fruits are perfectly balanced with peppercorn spice, pure citrus acidity and a tight core that leads to a crisp, dry and exquisite complex finish.
Food Pairing: Matured Cheddar and Cheese plates, Creamy Riesling Bisque in Chicken and Mushroom Cassoulet or the freshest regional seafood.
Acidity: 6.8 g/L
Residual Sugar: NA
Cellar potential: 15+ years
Winemaker: Stephen Henschke