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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 2021 vintage is now available for you to pop into your wine rack/cellar.
Winemakers’ Comments – Jules Ashmead & Brock Harrison
The winter leading into the 2021 vintage, whilst not back to long term average levels of rainfall, certainly delivered higher rainfall than the winter prior. This created ideal conditions for our young Riesling vines to experience a decent fruit set and return to more normal yields, with a greater canopy to support. Aside from a short heat spike in early February, the season progressed steadily with mild daytime temperatures coupled with the cooler nights typical of Eden Valley.
Nevertheless, these milder conditions did allow us to keep the fruit on the vine, in turn developing a lovely richness to balance the very bright natural acidity we achieve from this vineyard. We used netting in the lower section of the vineyard which is planted to a clone which typically throws more floral notes, which one observes in this wine. Whilst deterring the local bird life, this netting also provided some sun protection for any exposed fruit in this patch. We harvested on 20 March, interestingly, a full 3 weeks later than in 2020. Our 2021 Riesling is a true example of the variety, with a sense of place and a real typicity of our Eden Valley vineyard in an exceptional year.
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 Eden Valley 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.
Style: Dry, crisp, racy and packed with punch
Colour: Vibrant pale green
Aroma: Attractive floral musk aromas with notes of kaffir lime
Palate: Intense lemon sherbet, with floral undertones of orange blossom and jasmine, that is harmoniously balanced with the crunchy green apple natural acidity and subtle chalky mineral note leading to a long and flavoursome finish
Vineyard Source: 100% Estate Grown, Craneford
Vine Age: 6 years
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar confidently for 10-15 years from vintage
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