Vineyard: The Red Queen of the Eden Valley vineyard turned 102 years in vintage 2013. These ancient gnarly vines over a hundred years of age, are not only surviving but thriving on their own roots in some of the oldest soils on the planet.
Season: An exceptional wine delivering the best Eden Valley region has to offer. Floral, spice, intense old vine fruit which is grown without irrigation in the 2013 vintage - an exceptional year producing minimal fruit due to a frosty spring and a hot dry ripening period.
Winemaking: The Red Queen of Eden Valley was handpicked and gently pressed with whole bunches in open top fermenters and left to mature in new French oak for 2 and a half years. Prior to bottling the wine was unfiltered & unfined to maintain maximum colour for long term cellaring.
Appearance: Deep purple-crimson.
Aroma/Bouquet: An immensely complex, dark, brooding character, red and black fruits, pepper and spice, with licorice and tar.
Palate: Lingering black fruit on the palate, with pepper seasoning. There is an incredibly deep range of flavour, a mix of red and black berries complimented by vibrant pepper and leaf notes. Elegant tannins and lingering acidity help extend the finish and the overall balance is impeccable.
Food Pairing: Perfectly matched with all richly flavoured foods, meats, stews, game or mature hard cheeses. Alluring on the palate our Red Queen commands company with food and friends.
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 408 dozen (750ml)
Cellar potential: 20+ years
Winemaker: Elena Brooks, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide
Vineyard: 100% Estate grown Shiraz handpicked from Eden Springs/Gatt Vineyard. Beautiful cool climate country at High Eden, the pinnacle of Barossa. Altitude 460-515m
Season: The Barossa experienced a mild and dry season with frost reducing fruit quantities across the South Australian wine regions. Early ripening assisted with intense colour development and rich deep berry flavours.
Winemaking: Base wine fermented on skins and matured in oak before blending. Secondary fermentation via classic Charmat method. Liquored with vintage port bottles under pressure. Handcrafted to exacting quality standards. Matured 37 months in 100% seasoned American & French oak 300L barrels.
Appearance: Deep dark purple with fine and persistent beads.
Aroma/Bouquet: Beautifully fragrant chocolate notes, cherry blossom and liquorice drops.
Palate: Uniquely Australian Sparkling Shiraz with lively bubbles and a pleasant sweetness. Bursting with confected cherry, plum and black forest berries. Rich and creamy with spicy liquorice, cinnamon and vanilla bean notes.
Food Pairing: Richly flavoured dishes, red meats, turkey and game. Chocolate raspberry tart, Christmas pudding, Cheese plates and dried fruit.
Serve: Chilled from 4+ degrees
Residual Sugar: 25g/L
Production: 870 dozen (750ml)
Cellar potential: up to 2030
Winemaker: David Norman
We’ve noted the best valued red wines over the season and have grouped together a six pack selection, offering great value without compromising quality.
Enjoy a delicious selection of Barossa reds grown in premium single vineyards throughout the Eden Valley region.
Vineyard: Shiraz is grown on the Riley's estate located approximately central in the Eden Valley wine region. The soil profile is predominately sandy loam over clay, which allows for good drainage and water retention throughout the drier months. The vineyard is ideal for Shiraz grapes, with cool evening temperatures developing into warm to hot days at an altitude of 440m. Minimal irrigation is required with most years stated as a 'Dry Grown' vineyard.
Season: The 2015 vintage will be one to remember. The season started well with above average early winter rains that filled the soil profile and dams, however it was dry from then on. Temperatures were above average in spring allowing the vines to get off to a strong growing season. Summer was generally mild with the exception of a few days of extreme relieved by thirty millimeters of rain in January.
Wine making: The grapes were machine harvested in the cool of the evening. The juice was gently pressed in a traditional basket press before skin contact and naturally increased ferment temperatures assisted wine making to maintain colour. Within weeks, the processed wine was transferred to seasoned French oak barriques to mature for a further 18 months.
Appearance: Medium to deep purple
Aroma/Bouquet: Alluring dark red fruits, black pepper and spice aromas with a hint of vanilla oak
Palate: A medium to full bodied wine with typical Eden Valley elegance. Spicy undertones lingering throughout the palate with concentrated sweet black currant, red liquorice, stewed rhubarb and dark blue fruits. Overall, the Shiraz wine is powered with sweet ripe fruit and finishes with tight tannin and exceptional balance.
Food Pairing: A selection of sharp cheddar and strong blue cheese, slow cooked lamb shanks and red wine jus, Osso Bucco or smoky spiced sausages with butter beans.
Residual Sugar: NA
Cellar potential: 15+ years
Wine consultant: Joanne Irvine