Trophy Winner – Best Riesling 2018
2018 Barossa Valley Wine Show
96 Points & Top 100 Wines of 2018 James Halliday
Eden Valley was a great surprise in 2018. Normally harvested three weeks after the Clare Vineyards, the Eden Valley vineyard was harvested one day before Clare. With the fruit flavours and acid balance present in the fruit, there was no reason to leave the berries on the vine. A fine, elegant and very balanced wine, with all the hallmark Eden Valley brown citrus and sweet spice.
Fruit for the Eden Valley Riesling is sourced from two vineyards situated between Eden Valley and Flaxman’s Valley. One Riesling vineyard is owned by Michael Mason, situated approximately 3kms north-west of the Eden Valley township. The vineyard is planted on shallow grey sandy loam over shale rock soil, and situated 450m above sea level. The average yearly rainfall is 700mm. The other vineyard is owned by Ben Zander, who is a grower for many well known and regarded Eden Valley Rieslings. The Zander vineyard is situated in Flaxman’s Valley 500m above sea level, soils loam over light medium clay, with high quartz rock and gravel content. The vineyard has a rainfall of approximately 650mm per year.
“Has all the elegance and than some of Eden Valley at its best, in particular its lime/lemon bonded fruit flavours. It’s a wine that has had particular attention to detail in both vineyard and winery, and represents excellent value for money, thus nudging Rieslingfreak’s No. 10 Riesling out of place.” – 96 Points & Top 100 Wines of 2018 James Halliday