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