2017 Heirloom Eden Valley Riesling
Here's a prime example of what happens when you take old vine Riesling grapes and give them to one of Australia's top women winemakers (Elena Brooks).
This 2017 Heirloom Riesling isn't just your standard white wine either. At every corner, there is a bit more thought - it's handpicked, hand sorted and wild fermented, which is rare for Australian Riesling. Then, the beautiful finished product rests on lees for almost 9 months, which is almost unheard locally (but normal practice in Europe).
Unsurprisingly the result is a stunning wine. A Double Gold and Platinum medal-winning Riesling that stands head and shoulders above the rest.
A wonderful display of the bond between Eden Valley and riesling. While this wine retains purity and elegance, it offers all the lime-accented fruit you could wish for. It's the finish that seals the deal: long, fine-boned and brilliantly clear, floats in the breeze. 95 points - James Halliday - Halliday's Wine Companion
Lemon and dried grassy notes here. The palate is nicely restrained, delivering a long array of lemon and herb flavors in a fresh, zesty style. Drink or hold. 91 points - James Suckling
How's it taste?
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. The aroma is a fragrant and floral beauty. Hyper-intense Eden Valley Riesling smells. This Heirloom Riesling is like smelling spring in Eden Valley, 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. This palate has that extra dimension, no just fresh and fruity but a marvellously mouth filling juicy 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. A tight old vine expression of Eden Valley Riesling that has all the hallmarks for a long term cellar life. An extraordinary Riesling from the Eden Valley that will cellar extraordinarily well but is so deliciously delicious now. Argument for delayed gratification is almost academic.
How was it made?
This Heirloom Vineyards Riesling was made from our best Eden Valley Vineyard whose manicured old vines embody the very best in cutting edge, but old school viticulture and winemaking. Hand tended vines, sorted bunch by bunch, naturally fermented free run juice, with ambient vineyard and winery yeasts, gently tank pressed and stored on yeast lees for 9 months before bottling.
Who made it?
Heirloom Vineyards was conceived in vintage 2000, when a young winemaking student caught the eye of a silly old wine judge. A love story ensued inspired by two vows: To preserve the best of tradition, the old world of wine and our unique old vineyards and to champion the best clones of each variety planted in the most appropriate sites embracing the principals of organic and biodynamic farming. Seven long vintages of trial and error passed before Heirloom Vineyards could make a wine that was fine enough to pass on to future generations. That is this wine.
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