Friday, July 24, 2009

Tasting Notes: 2006 Eden Valley Riesling


PRODUCT: Karra Yerta Wines 2006 Eden Valley Riesling
VARIETY: Riesling
HARVESTED: March 26, 2006
BOTTLED: August 23, 2006
TA: 7.35g/ltr
PH: 2.89
PRODUCTION: 100 cases/dozen
CELLARING: drink now to 2015

This riesling was made by Simon Adams at Rocland Winery from 75 year old dry-grown, hand-picked grapes which are situated a mere few hundred metres to the west of the famous Ringland "Three Rivers" vineyard in the premium area of the Barossa Ranges. With a gentle regional lime aroma and flavour, and a nice touch of minerality to provide balance, this wine should develop very well. Screwcap.

94/100 points Philip White - "The Independent Weekly", Adelaide
"While there's been a lot of theorising about this wine being not up to the standard of the mighty '05, there's no doubt that this is a stunner in its own right. It's maybe not as minerally and chalky as its predecessor, but it offers a different range of delights, immediately appearing more wholesome and approachable, with that impeccable blend of lemon, lime and cream that only truly great rieslings seem to achieve. I'd drink it with coq au vin."

90/100 points James Halliday - "2008 Wine Companion", Melbourne
"Gentle regional lime aroma and flavours, with a nice touch of minerality to provide balance; should develop very well. Screwcap. 13% alc. Rating: 90. To: 2015. $20"

91/100 points Gary Walsh - "Winefront", Sydney
"The vineyard site is obviously fine and distinctive and I think I can see similarities now between the two vintages. Both this and the 2007 share limey fruit, flinty minerality and a certain fine boned charm even though they are quite different wines to taste (and made by different winemakers). The fruit is hand-picked from 75-80 year old dry-grown vines located in the Flaxmans Valley.
Plenty to sniff at here with Schweppes lime cordial and fresh squeezed lime, mineral, spiced honey nuts and some petrolly development showing. On the palate intense limey fruit, mineral, spice and toast flavours. Sweet and juicy yet it feels pretty dry with flinty crunchy acid and a nice tight focussed palate that fades slightly at the end. Finishes dry, toasty and limey. It will cellar well for sure, but I'd bet it's going to develop plenty of Kero characters, so the decision largely depends on your personal tastes. I like it a lot right now. Drink 2008 - 2009."

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