Single Vineyard, Eden Valley Wines of elegance and finesse


2022 Opulence Riesling


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A botrytis outbreak in parts of Block 8 provided the opportunity to make a sweeter style Riesling. The botrytis affected bunches in Block 8 were hand-picked on 12 March and provided 40% of the batch that was topped up with machine picked clean fruit from Block 7. They were macerated together for a few hours to allow some of the botrytis character to be extracted, prior to destemming and must chilling to tank press. This was carefully pressed with no press cut, and the juice was kept under dry ice for cold settling. The batch was fermented slowly at cool temperatures and on 4 April the ferment was stopped by rapidly chilling down to freezing. It then sat on lees for the next 10 weeks, prior to clarification and bottling (no finings).
The Eden Hall 2022 Opulence is pale straw in colour with a perfumed nose of rose water and jasmine. The palate is dominated by Pink Lady apples over marmalade and citrus showing a deft balance of fruit sweetness and acidity with a clean finish. A wine of complex origins, that will develop even greater complexity and richness over time. Best drunk chilled as an aperitif, or with spicy Asian foods, or at the end with desserts and cheeses – a wine for all occasions! Ready to drink now, but will reward with cellaring.

Winter rainfall in 2021 was near average for the second year running so that again soils filled to saturation point. Indeed there were follow up rains in October and November which meant that we did not have to tap into the limited reserves in our dam until December. An extreme weather event on 28 October, including hail, caused damage across the Barossa and Eden Valley, but somehow we were largely spared. Frost events had less impact compared to previous years and late flowering avoided the windier conditions leading to good fruit set. The summer months were mild with welcome rain in late January providing ideal ripening conditions. Humid and cool conditions leading into vintage promoted patches of botrytis infection in Block 8 Riesling – this was used to our advantage in making a sweet wine. Overall, vintage was well paced starting on 9 March with Riesling from block 8 and finishing on the 3 May with Cabernet Sauvignon from block 6. The 2022 vintage delivered well balanced yields and is a step up in quality from its highly credentialed predecessor.

Region: Eden Valley, Barossa South Australia

Alcohol: 8.5%

pH: 2.88

Residual sugar: 46.27g

Bottled: 16 August 2022

Total production: 3,144 bottles