Vineyard: The Heirloom Vineyards Riesling was made from the best Eden Valley fruit with manicured old vines embody the very best in cutting edge, but old school viticulture and wine making. Hand tended vines are managed individually.
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 with Riesling coming off at the end of March and into April.
Wine making: Hand tended and sorted bunch by bunch, naturally fermented on free run juice with ambient vineyard and winery yeasts. Gently tank pressed and stored on yeast lees for 9 months before bottling.
Appearance: The̴ colour is bright with beautiful onomatopoeic like green straw tinges at the edges of the glass. Bright and crystal clear with little development. Let it catch the light and marvel at the sparkle.
Aroma/Bouquet: The aroma is a fragrant and floral beauty. Hyper-intense Eden Valley Riesling bouquet. This Heirloom Riesling displays flowers blossoming, especially jasmine and textbook limes and lemon rind but also with hints of gingerbread and lime cordial. Some delicious hints of classic fresh custard and toast characters seem to be emerging in the background.
Palate: This palate has that extra dimension, not just fresh and fruity but a marvellously mouth filling palate; a touch of creamy mouth-feel a wonderful part of the landscape. All balanced sweet and zingy citrus but overall a pristine, elegant pure Eden Valley Riesling with flavours that fulfils and refresh. Taught acidity with washed river stone-like minerality, which delves into green apples. The definition of Riesling flavour is long, ample and fine.
Food Pairing: Coffin Bay Oysters with white wine vinaigrette and pomegranate, Thai Chicken curry, barbecued lime and chilli Crayfish…..
Residual Sugar: 0.9g/L
Cellar potential: 20+ years
Wine maker: Elena Brooks
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
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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