2010 Eden Hall Vintage Report
This year promised much and began with excellent late winter and spring rainfall – the best for the past five years – that thankfully replenished the parched soils. Warm conditions in early spring lead to an early bud burst, but a cool October kept the vines growing slowly. A heat spike in November generated leaf and canopy growth, ensuring the Avon Brae vineyard looked ‘picture perfect’ by the end of the month. This early heat also impacted upon fruit set, thereby reducing crop levels across the board.
In early 2010, the mild conditions ensured that vintage commenced slightly earlier than average, characterised by healthy vines with below average yields. The Riesling vines were well set, with the cold nights causing the vines to hold their natural acid and delicate aromatics, while the sunny days meant flavour and sugar increased steadily. Now in bottle, the 2010 Eden Hall Riesling is already displaying alluring floral and kaffir lime aromas, stunning balance, mouth watering acidity and lingering fruit weight – this could be the best release from our famed Avon Brae vines yet!
Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon were beautifully balanced with strong colours and textbook Eden Valley flavours. An even ripening period saw the Avon Brae vineyard produce distinctive Shiraz and Cabernet based wines of impeccable balance, freshness, varietal character and fruit purity.