If there was ever (in my book) a true king of the whites, it is Eden Valley Riesling! The fruit from Mick's block is always a revelation. True to type this Eden Valley Riesling is chock full of big limes and lemons, with hints of ruby grapefruit and marmalade. Maybe it's the soil, maybe the clone... I don't really mind which, because the fruit is always awesome!
Dozen Price $570
Picked Friday, February 19th 2010,
Single vineyard wine.
1.8 tonne to the acre Dry Grown Riesling from Mick Hearnden’s 60 year old Riesling Vines
Total production 1284 bottles
384 bottles Re-released Late September 2019
Very Bright Rich Golden Straw Summer Grass.
Upfront toasty developed notes weaving around lemons and limes supported by lifted perfume of lemon thyme jasmine and dry summer grasses with hints of juniper and aromatic dried herbs
Firm crisp and juicy with Lovely toast complexity & beautiful balancing acid that gently grips the cheeks. Combination of assertive citrus melded with ripe limes and clear lemon countered against hints of dried herbal leaves and yeast complexity. The rich clean palate lingers on beautifully leaving the mouth ready for the next sip.
If there was ever (in my book) a true king of the whites, it is Eden Valley Riesling! Riesling is one of the physically toughest varieties on the planet, yet it is capable of producing some of the most subtle wines you will ever come across. You only need look at the thin layer of loam, coating the underlying granite of the Eden hills and the way the vines thrive to see my point. The are bloody Tough! All that aside, the true worth of the variety is as it should be, in the drinking. The 2010 Eden Valley Riesling fits the bill here to excess. It won't ever see the show circuit but rather is destined to spend its life making meals and lazy afternoons a much better place to be.
Although I try to grow every grape I use for my wines, not having any old dry grown Eden Valley Riesling meant that I had to find a source. As luck would have it, a good mate who lives across the road from my brother Phil, in Eden Valley had some fruit that more than fit the bill.
Mick Hearnden lives on a property out the back of Eden Valley. He has no formal water supplies and has to rely on natural rainfall to supply him with all he uses. As his Riesling invariably does well without water it's an easy decision to dry grow,
The fruit from Mick's block is always a revelation. Where most other Eden Valley Riesling tend towards the big limes and lemons, Mick's for some reason is always ruby grapefruit and marmalade. Maybe it's the soil, maybe the clone... I don't really mind which, because the fruit is always awesome!
I guess my wines often buck the trends and break the mould, but this is not really a conscious decision. In the case of my Riesling (as with all my wines) the fruit and how I express it is what drives the finished wine.
In 2010 I took roughly two tonne of this wonderful fruit at around 11.5 baume which I whole bunch pressed. The unclarified free run was cold fermented for around a month. six months on un-stirred yeast lees followed before the wine was racked to clear and finally bottled in November 2010. Half a pallet was tucked away and has now be re-released as a 9 year-old, rich and delicious and truly great.