Region: Eden Valley
Winemaker: Joanne Irvine
Residual Sugar: >1g/L (dry style)
Case Size: 6 packs
Ideal serving: at around 8 – 10ºc
Cellaring: Exceptional drinking immediately and will cellar with confidence, under the correct cellaring conditions, for at least 10-12 years for those who enjoy an aged Riesling.
2022 MACKENZIE WILLIAM 1896 RIESLING
Our 2022 Mackenzie William exhibits all the fresh aromatic citrus finery that Eden Valley Riesling is so well known for.
Pressed lemon, fresh lime flavours, cut green apple and a tease of spring orange blossom zip across the palate in generous verses. Soft acidity and minerality form the linear rhythm section of this elegantly lengthy dry Riesling style.
This is the 12th vintage of our Mackenzie William Riesling, made from vines dating back to 1896. These are the oldest riesling vines in the Barossa and possibly Australia. Our Riesling is made in an approachable style making it enjoyable upon release but will age gracefully for a decade under the right cellaring conditions.
98 Points | Winestate Magazine | Riesling Tasting September 2022
“Distinctly aromatic bouquet with lovely lemon and lime characters and river pebble-like minerality. Good fleshy weight to the palate with lovely texture and pure citrus flavours.”
History of Quality:
2022 – 98 Points | Winestate Magazine, Sep 2022
2021 – 94 Points | Wine Orbit – Sam Kim, Apr 2022
2021 – Silver Medal | 2021 Melbourne International Wine Competition
2020 – Gold + Eden Valley Riesling Winery of the Year | 2020 Melbourne International Wine Competition
2018 – Silver Medal | 2018 Melbourne International Wine Competition
2016 – Silver Medal | 2018 New Zealand International Wine Competition
2015 – Silver Medal | 2015 Perth Royal Wine Show
2014 – Bronze Medal | 2014 Barossa Wine Show
2013 – Silver Medal | 2013 Barossa Wine Show
2012 – Silver Medal | 2013 Barossa Wine Show
2011 – Gold Medal | 2011 Barossa Wine Show
Our 2022 vintage felt quite drawn out, but funnily enough, it was not as long as last year; in 2021 harvest happened over nine weeks whereas this year was only six.
Our 2022 vintage was set up really well with good rain through winter and spring (2021) to replenish soil moisture after a particularly dry Autumn. And despite the challenges of hailstorms in October 2021; reducing our healthy young shoots to shreds, the vineyard has pulled off an amazing feat, led by our viticulturist Joel. The fruit we have produced is a testament to the arduous work Joel and the team put in year-round and especially off the back of the storms. At the time we thought we had lost it all…
Outside of the storms, the shoots regrew, albeit delayed. We didn’t experience intense heat over summer, which didn’t assist the vines, nor fruit in catching up, however the wait was worth it!
Harvest officially started on Wednesday 23rd March under overcast skies. We picked our Riesling for Mack’s 1896 Riesling. We were sure we would not have any Riesling as Mack’s vines were hit hardest. Another two weeks later, our Pinot Gris for our fan favourite On Point Pinot Grigio was picked on a warm 24 degree Autumn day. Easter was spent recovering from picking some superb Shiraz, and under the cover of darkness we picked our Chardonnay -our last white variety- and a small parcel of Pinot Noir on ANZAC Day.
At the end of April, we had unexpected rain over night, but luckily it didn’t put a dampener on things. We picked a little Shiraz from our stunning old vines on the home block, in front of the homestead; we got wetter than the grapes did. Fast forward to Tuesday 3 May and our fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon from our Gunyah block in front of the cellar door came in, as well as our special Grenache. This will be hot property, as while the fruit was outstanding, there isn’t a lot of it. From there it was over to Jo and Shawn to guide our beautiful fruit from the vine, to the wine you and I have come to know and love.
We are confident the wines from our 2022 vintage are superb and can’t wait to share them all with you.