Vineyard: Dandelion Vineyards are proven plantings that have stood the test of time. The goal is to nurture the unique character of these vineyards and express their terroir in these wines.
The Enchanted Garden was planted in 1910 and thrives to this day, a 7 acre Eden Valley Vine Garden lovingly tended by Sue and Stuart Woodman.
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.
Winemaking: Whole bunches were handpicked on the 9th of March then de-stemmed without crushing the fruit to fill our press exactly. Juice from the free run and pressings were separated then fermented in small tanks between 11 and 13 degrees Celsius. The wine has a high level of natural acidity, and although bone dry, only 11.5% alcohol.
This 2018 Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley Riesling was bottled directly with minimal fining and filtration to capture the essence of the vineyard, a looking glass if you will, and is ready to drink immediately or cellar for decades.
Appearance: Star bright in colour the appearance of this Riesling foretells the pristine and unalloyed quality of its fruit.
Aroma/Bouquet: With classic Riesling aromatics of citrus zest, lemon foliage and hints of dragon fruit flowers, etched by a clear, steely minerality. This wine holds the promise of a future, well-cellared bouquet of honey, caraway and rye.
Palate: With a palate weight that is all fresh rain water, this is an attractively textural Riesling displaying the variety’s intense purity. Bone dry, its structure and length is underpinned by austere acidity.
Food Pairing: Either immediately as an aperitif or with almost any white meat dish. Perfect with dumplings or South Australian King George Whiting.
Acidity: 7.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: NA
Cellar potential: 15+ years
Winemaker: Elena Brooks, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide
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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Featuring the latest new white variety - Gruner Veltliner and a sample selection of the Stage Door range. Hearty Cabernets, with rich and powerful Barossa Shiraz. Perhaps you may wish to savour a mouth watering and super refreshing Eden Valley Riesling?
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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