Concentrated white currants, lemons, limes and grapefruit zest, with hints of frangipani and green peppercorns. The palate is pure and bursting with ripe limes and succulent white currant flavours, with layered mineral talc-like texture and pure lines of zesty acidity for a very long, fine, dry finish.
Intensity is right up there. This explodes with pure riesling flavour. Lime, green apple, bath salts and lime leaves…florals too. It is 100% gorgeous right now. It extends electrically through the finish. It will take age as a certainty.
Picked in mid-May. A wet 2016 winter gave us a good foundation for our predominantly dry-grown vines on their own roots, and a cool, wet and fiercely windy spring followed, with a slightly higher spring rainfall than the Barossa Valley, which delayed flowering, though conditions during set meant that yields were at average levels. A mild summer with regular rainfall events followed, which allowed the grapes to reach full physiological maturity. The significant rainfall events largely missed our area and therefore we harvested the majority of our grapes in healthy condition. As always, careful hand picking in the vineyard and sorting of grapes as they were processed made sure that quality was not compromised. 2017 will be characterised by impeccably floral and vibrant rieslings, an indicator of our slightly cooler conditions.
“Stephen Henschke reports that this is the finest vintage since 2002 and it was a very late season which is the reason why this wine has so much class and complexity. The nose is stunning and you don’t need to lean in to the glass to be enraptured by its perfume. Vividly citrusy with jasmine and linden notes, the palate is thrillingly vivacious. Super-long and persistent, this is everything that I love about Eden Valley Riesling in one glass. It will be a very long-lived wine as the acidity is incredible but it already looks epic.”
“Pick up a green, knobbly kaffir lime and scrape at the skin with your fingernail until your nostrils fill with the intensely perfumed citrus. Smash some lemongrass and squeeze the lime juice over it. Pour a glass…”
"Stunning nose, bright and lemony with jasmine and amazing precision. This is a thrillingly vivacious wine. Very long and persistent, this is everything that I love about Eden Valley Riesling in one glass. Will be long-lived as the acidity is incredible. Henschke uses the Eden Valley proprietary bottle, which is very smart indeed."
"Intensity is right up there. This explodes with pure riesling flavour. Lime, green apple, bath salts and lime leaves…florals too. It is 100% gorgeous right now. It extends electrically through the finish. It will take age as a certainty."