Wines - 2015 YP Eden Valley Riesling
Gone But Not Forgotten
Riesling would have to be one of the most under-valued varieties we have here in Australia. When you consider, that in its youth it provides fresh, crisp drinking, slaking our thirst and showing great versatility in the food/wine matching stakes in the warmer months. With a little bottle age, the metamorphosis is complete and the wine emerges showing the gentle, toasty complexity and endless persistent finish that we all love. The problem is keeping your hands off them to give them the time to blossom in the cellar, especially when they are so delicious on release. Will power was never one of our strong points.
Pale straw in the glass the 2015 show the classic nose that we’ve come to expect from Eden Valley Rieslings. Freshly squeezed limes with just a touch of lemon zest. Hints of Christmas lilies, grapefruit pith and crushed quartz with a waft of jasmine for good measure. The pure, juicy lime fruit and citrus fruits race onto the palate energetically, again you’ll see floral notes appearing on the palate with hints of Bickford’s lime cordial and stone. There’s richness here though, reigned in by the crispest line of stony, saliva-inducing acidity that focusses the wine nicely as it races to a citrus and flower laden finish. Think grilled seafood or scallops with this one for sure.
The parcels of fruit were handpicked in early March.
The grapes were bag pressed, cold fermented for 15 days to maintain maximum fruit freshness before resting on yeast lees for 3 months. This wine has had minimal intervention to retain all purity, then blended and gently filtered prior to bottling.
Bottled – 17th June 2015
4239 Bottles produced
pH – 3.07
TA – 6.91
Alc – 11.7%
RRP - $25
Winemaker : Michael Papps
A blend of 2 vineyards from Springton and Eden Valley.
Springton – Planted in 1990 in sandy loam over clay at Springton. The vineyard is on an easterly facing slope at 420m above sea level.
Eden Valley – Planted in 1979 on the edge of the town of Eden Valley at 400m above sea level on Loamy soil
- 94 - James Halliday - James Halliday Wine Companion 2016
From two vineyards, 3 months lees contact; 353 dozen made. savoury/pithy lemon, lime and mineral flavours come together seamlessly on the long palate and aftertaste; firm, but balanced, acidity points the way for the future. 11.7%
- 92 - Stuart Robinson - The Vinsomniac