Vineyard: The first venture for making a semi-sweet Riesling in the Eden Hall wine range. Sourced from the single estate vineyard and hand managed to meticulous detail. Grown at high altitude in the high Eden region (550m) of the Barossa which entails a long and cool ripening.
Season: The 2018 growing season started with average winter rains following into a dry spring and summer period. Ripening in the vineyard was hasty but impressive quality of wine grapes was achieved with minimal disease pressure.
Winemaking: Riesling fruit was gently pressed before placed in a chilled fermenter. Residual sugar was kept to a minimum to ensure low alcohol was attained, resulting in a wine of generous fruit and acidity.
Appearance: Pale straw colour.
Nose: Aromatic sweetness allures you to entice for a moment longer. Highly perfumed of rose petals and musk nuances.
Palate: A generous palate of forward fruit dominated by Pink Lady apples and cinnamon spice. Integrated acidity is subtle with delicate nuances delivering a soft and deliberately tempting wine.
Food Pairing: Enjoy chilled as an aperitif, spicy Asian foods, cheese plates or desserts; a wine for all occasions!
Residual Sugar: 61 g/L
Production: 233 dozen (750ml)
Cellar potential: Drink now
Winemaker: Christa Deans
Barossa - Eden Valley Riesling
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
Barossa - Eden Valley Riesling
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: Eden Valley received good winter rains which set the growing season off to a good start. Flowering was consistent with bunches setting well and generous quantities expected. Summer was warm and dry with the added benefit of Eden Valley's high altitude allowing cool evening's and breezes to assist with wine grapes maintaining freshness and high levels of natural acidity
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