In stark contrast to the previous year, the 2017 growing season followed a long wet winter that replenished soil water profiles and a wet, windy September. A mild summer included regular rainfall events ensuring a long, cool ripening period. Bunch weights were increased leading to yield levels getting back to average and a harvest schedule also getting back to “normal” with Riesling coming off at the end of March and into April whilst the reds were picked in May.
2017 Eden Valley Riesling will be a stand-out and the reds aromatic and elegant as usual, but not as big.
2017 Reserve Riesling tasting:
Each year we make a Reserve Riesling from the very best parcel of fruit out of one of four Riesling blocks. This year Block 10 delivered an austere, steely, linear example of Eden Valley Riesling. Pale straw in colour, a perfumed nose of blossom and rose petal with lemon over lime on the palate.
A classic Eden Valley Riesling from an exceptional vintage.
Drink, but it will cellar for ever!