Friday, July 24, 2009

Tasting Notes: 2007 Eden Valley Riesling


PRODUCT: Karra Yerta Wines 2007 Eden Valley Riesling
VARIETY: Riesling
HARVESTED: February 25, 2007
BOTTLED: May 21, 2007
TA: 6.84g/ltr
PH: 2.89
PRODUCTION: 128 cases/dozen
CELLARING: drink now to 2020

This riesling was made by Peter Gajewski (ex-Penfolds) 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 crisp acid, notes of lemon and lime, white peach and honeydew. A superb example of an Eden Valley Riesling. Screwcap.

94++/100 points Philip White - "The Independent Weekly", Adelaide
"In the middle of the drought, I got bogged in this vineyard, in chill sideways rain.
And I was walking. Way up above Flaxman's gully on a ridge. Amazing old twisted bush vines as close as the Barossa gets to the skies. With all these utterly luscious limy fruits from tropics undiscovered, this is easily one of the best rizzas of the year. Viscous, yet strapping, and sinuous, with white peach and honeydew, custard, distant lime and further lemon, grainy, pithy tannin, all strapped around a shaft of natural acid, I dunno. I can't think of anything I'd rather be drinking right now. No food required. Maybe chevre' ."

94/100 points Gary Walsh - "Winefront"
"This is a tiny make of only 128 dozen with the fruit coming off 75-80 year old vines high in the Flaxmans Valley.

Almost water pale with subdued aromas of citrus, white peach, mineral, blossom and a faint fennel fragrance. On the palate this is delicate and refined with flavours of weak lemon barley water, lime and mineral. Fine boned and bone dry with crisp mouth-watering river pebble acidity and a long dry lemony aftertaste. An austere beauty that may develop into something special. Drink 2007 - 2017."

8.6/10 points Max Crus - "Grape Expectations", Sydney
"Many have fawned over this already so who am I to buck the trend? OK it is pretty good. Best served with a friend on the verandah with smoked salmon, capers and freshly cut grass"

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