2 June 2020
by Jess Ruciack
Clearly we need to say more than that, but it is true! It’s such a great variety, with fresh citrus flavours and is a fabulous wine to match with food (we’ll cover that later.)
And we’re excited to let you know that the 2020 vintage is now available for you to pop into your wine rack/cellar. A very small vintage, with less than 400 dozen produced, we are very proud of this wine.
Winemaker’s Comments – Brock Harrison
The winter and spring months leading into the 2020 vintage typified much of the previous growing season, which again necessitated the use of supplementary irrigation to ensure healthy canopy growth. Apart from a few heat spikes in January, unseasonal cooler temperatures during February allowed for perfect ripening conditions and for harvesting to occur at the optimal flavour ripeness. Lower night time temperatures resulted in the retention of amazing natural acidity and preservation of the delicate white floral characteristics this vineyard is known for.
Despite the cooler conditions, this Riesling was picked around 10 days earlier than the previous season. The fruit was hand-picked and delivered immediately to the winery where it was whole bunch pressed. The juice was then cool fermented with a neutral wine yeast, to allow the characteristics of the vineyard to shine through. The combination of these processes were critical in preserving the delicate aromatics, whilst minimising phenolic extraction. Our 2020 Riesling is a very pure expression of Eden Valley and exemplifies what this region is famous for.
Riesling and food
They just go together. There are so many styles of Riesling from across the world that you can match a Riesling with just about any cuisine.
Because our Riesling is a dry style, with citrus notes and acidity and a hint of minerality, it is a great match for foods to which you would add a squeeze of lemon or lime. The most obvious choice is seafood. Think oysters natural with lemon and lime wedges, fillets of King George Whiting that the family has just caught on the Yorke Peninsula and cooked on the bbq or salt and pepper squid.
It’s also great with dishes that feature Asian flavours – I squeeze lemon or lime onto my pad thai – and the citrus notes and acidity of our Eden Valley Riesling continue the theme.
Or pair with richer dishes that you feel need a bit of acidity to balance the richness, like sauteed mushrooms, or maybe a sneaky beef schnitzel and chips (the acid helps cut through the fat). The below dish was paired with our Riesling at the dinner to celebrate our Cellar Door opening in 2017 – ham and parsley terrine with pickles and sourdough croute.
But most of all, don’t be afraid to experiment with your food and wine pairing – whilst people might tell you there are ‘rules’ we each have our own preferences and everyone’s palate is different.
The details – 2020 Eden Valley Riesling
Style: Dry, delicate and zesty
Colour: Vibrant pale green
Aroma: Attractive white florals and lemon zest
Palate: Delicate white florals, green apple and fresh lemon, supported by a zesty acid backbone, leading to a bright chalky finish
Vineyard Source: 100% Estate Grown, Craneford
Picking date: 28 February 2020
Vine Age: 5 years
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar confidently for 10-15 years from vintage