2018 EDEN VALLEY
OPULENCE RIESLING

The 2018 growing season started off well following above average winter rainfall, but it was dry and warm after that. Owing to later veraison in the Eden Valley as opposed to the Barossa floor, the hot spell in January and February did not cause any concern to the Avon Brae vineyard and the vines took it all comfortably in their stride.

Thankfully, Mother Nature did not dish out any adverse events this year and harvest started in March with the whites, and finished on 19 April with the last of the Cabernet blocks. Yields were above average across the board, but quality was good, with Riesling a standout as usual.

2018 Opulence Riesling tasting:

This is our first foray into making a sweet Riesling. A parcel of fruit from Block 10 was made separately and the fermentation was stopped by super chilling, retaining some residual sugar and natural acidity, resulting in a wine of low alcohol (7.1%) and 61g/L sugar.

It is pale straw in colour with a highly perfumed nose. The first sip takes you by surprise with full-on fruit sweetness, but the second reveals a balanced, generous palate dominated by Pink Lady apples and cinnamon.

An opulent wine with a lingering finish like a good apple cider, but without the bubbles! Best drunk chilled as an aperitif, or with spicy Asian foods, or at the end with desserts and cheeses – a wine for all occasions! An open bottle kept chilled can be enjoyed over a week or two without deteriorating. Ready to drink now, but will cellar well.

Region: Eden Valley, Barossa South Australia

Harvested: 21 March 2018

Alcohol: 7.1%

pH: 2.58

Residual sugar: 61g

Bottled: 14 June 2018

Total production: 2,800 bottles

The Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are all excellent, the red wines outstanding…

James Halliday Wine Review
James Halliday – Wine Companion