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 Riesling tasting:
The 2017 Riesling was carefully blended from three different blocks within the Avon Brae Vineyard. It is pale straw in colour with a perfumed nose of frangipani and rose. The palate is broad including tropical fruits, luscious lime juice and lemon with lip smacking acidity providing a clean finish.
An outstanding Eden Valley Riesling from an exceptional vintage.
Drinking beautifully now, but like its predecessors is built to last.