Colin Angas was quick to realise the potential for the Eden Valley to be an exceptional region for Riesling, and planted a vineyard on gentle slope in the 1960’s. Whilst considered a single vineyard, there are two distinct sections. The top section planted on the leanest soils and more exposed to the wind produces very tightly structured fruit with crisp, vibrant acidity. The bottom section, on deeper, more vigorous red soils produces plumper bunches of fruit that showcases more fresh aromatics and citrus zing.
The Riesling ripened quickly in 2018 and almost caught us by surprise. Machine harvested and destemmed straight to press. Juice was treated oxidatively prior to ferment in order to fine out some of the phenolics. Cold settled and then cool fermented over about 3 weeks to dryness with some lees inclusion to enhance texture and balance flavour.
Bright yet pale green-yellow in colour, this Riesling shows ripe citrus and lemon-lime with bursts of orange blossom and jasmine on the nose. Pineapple, stone fruit and citrus are upfront on the palate with a lemon-sherbet zing of acidity. It is persistent and mouth-wateringly moreish.
“Eden Valley riesling from one of the region’s most noteworthy estates. Made by Kym Teusner. It’s about as delicious as they come. It’s riper and fuller than you might expect, even slightly sweeter, the latter in a generally dry context. There’s a candied apple and orange character but there’s also an electric burst of pure lemon and pure lime, even a flash of talc. It gives the finish a good run for its money but there’s so much up-front that you’re diving in for more even before you’ve swallowed”.
Awards & Accolades
93 Points – The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson
92 Points – Huon Hooke, The Real Review
There’s a great story about this Grenache vineyard, planted by Colin Angas in the 1960’s. The soil here was so tough that some of the new plantings, probably 10% of the vineyard block, failed to take to their new home and had to be replaced. New cuttings were hastily acquired…which time revealed to be Mataro! That no one ever thought to start over (yet again) is brilliant fortune as the Mataro makes a ripper partner for the Grenache.
Across the Barossa, the growing and harvest conditions were ideal. The Grenache (93%) and Mataro (7%) were handpicked on April 10, destemmed and fermented on skins in small open stainless steel fermenters for 6 days with twice daily pump overs. The wine was matured in a combination of 20% new and 80% seasoned French puncheons for 24 months.
On the nose there’s plenty of ripe plum, strawberry, charcuterie, licorice, leather polish and salted dried herbs. The palate is rich and complex, loaded with a blend of red and black fruits, salted licorice, savoury nuances and a fine tannin line finishing soft and supple.
Awards & Accolades
AWARDED 93 POINTS— Huon Hooke's The Real Review*
*Listed in the top five 2016 Barossa Grenache blends
The pedigree and provenance of the Shiraz vineyards at Hutton Vale Farm is impressive. The ‘old’ block was planted in the 1960s with cuttings taken from the nearby Mount Edelstone vineyard. 50 years or more down the track, the old dry grown vines continue to survive, the dry conditions a perfect foil for the natural vigour of Shiraz. The ‘young’ block was planted to the East in the 1990s on a sloping site in a similarly tough environment, using cuttings taken from the ‘old’ block.
Hand-picked and destemmed to open fermenters where it was inoculated with selected yeast strains and fermented warm (peaking at around 24C) over 5 to 7 days. During this time the ferment was hand pumped over twice a day for 45 minutes each time. It was then drained and pressed to tank to ferment to dryness. Malolactic fermentation was completed in thick staved French Oak puncheons (40% new) with maturation for 30 months. A further 20 months in bottle saw it finally ready for release.
Deep red with purple tinges, pepper and aniseed with herbal undertones lead into cherry and plum fruit with traces of violets and forest floor. On the palate, rich, red berries and brambles entwine with white pepper and spice complemented by cedar oak and mouth-coating tannins leading to a lingering spiced plum aftertaste.
Awards & Accolades
Gold – International Wine & Spirit Competition 2019.
93 Points – Huon Hooke, The Real Review 2019.
Hardly anyone was planting Cabernet in the Barossa when the Angas family was establishing their vineyards in the 1960s, so it’s no surprise it took until the late 1990s for the variety to find its way onto Hutton Vale Farm. Whilst it may have been a late starter, the quality of the fruit grown there suggests it has a long future in this part of the world.
The Cabernet block was planted in 1998 on a sloping five acre site, where the lean and tough environment dictates low yields – even by Hutton Vale Farm standards…frequently less than a tonne to the acre.
Machine picked and destemmed to open fermenters where it was inoculated with selected yeast strains and fermented warm (peaking at around 24C) over 5 to 7 days. During this time the ferment was hand pumped over (by actual humans) twice a day for 45 minutes each time. It was then drained and pressed to tank to ferment to dryness. Malolactic fermentation was completed in thick staved French Oak puncheons (40% new) with maturation for 30 months. A further 20 months in bottle saw them finally ready for release.
Deep red in colour, the nose is distinctly Cabernet-like with mulberry and blackberry fruit and hints of mint backed by French oak, pencil shavings, and wisps of violet. Juicy red berries on the palate are surrounded by velvety tannins, tobacco and spice notes. A long tannin/acid profile to finish is indicative of this wine’s aging potential.
Harvest date – 15th March 2014
Alcohol – 15%
Drink now or cellar for up to 15 years