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 Springton Riesling tasting:
The 2018 Springton Riesling was carefully blended from 3 different blocks within the Avon Brae Vineyard. (48% Block 10 , 36% Block 11 and 16% Block 7). It is pale straw with a green hue and has a fragrant floral nose of Jasmine. The palate is broad with lime and lemon over guava, displays beautiful length and finishes like a tropical sorbet.
An outstanding Eden Valley Riesling from an exceptional vintage. Drinking well now, but like its predecessors is built to last.