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 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 8 shone through. Pale straw in colour, a delicate perfumed nose of jasmine with a perfectly balanced palate of lemon, grapefruit and minerality.
A seamless, linear, aristocratic Eden Valley Riesling from an exceptional vintage. Drink now, but it will cellar for ever!