Pale straw with lime green hues. A perfumed nose of rose blossom, lavender, Turkish delight and lychee, with nuances of musk and baking spices. The palate presents rich layers of sweet lychee, tropical fruits and floral notes, with excellent balance and depth of flavour, fine
natural acidity, and a welcome intensity that finishes long and dry.
The 2016 vintage began with below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and dry spring, which enhanced flowering and set to provide average to above-average yield
potential. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year and rainfall around veraison in late
January/early February brought relief to our early-ripening varieties in the Adelaide Hills, resulting in excellent conditions for natural acid retention and clean fruit. This was
followed by further rainfall in early March, which eased the stress on the late-ripening
varieties, allowing them to mature towards a predicted earlier harvest due to an early Easter moon. Open, light and airy vine canopies allowed for good flavour, sugar, colour and mature tannins to develop at harvest, which was overall characterised by average yields but very high quality.
"...80 per cent Adelaide Hills and 20 per cent Eden Valley, the Lenswood portion lending beautiful aromatics and complexity to the traditional Eden Valley rose petal characters. In the glass these exhibit as pretty jasmine florals then a lovely, richly textured palate with fabulous jasmine tea and lingering lychee flavours."
Pale quartz; the fascinating question is where this wine will head with time in the bottle - Alsace is no help whatsoever. Here the floral spice and blossom aromas lead into a delicately poised and framed palate devoid of phenolics, but with good acidity. The points are for today.