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DRY RIESLING LIBRARY 3 PACK (2020 and 2022)

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For the Riesling connoisseur… we bring you a mixed three pack showing you two different expressions of our dry style Riesling;

  • 2 x 2020 Mackenzie William 1896 Riesling | $34 ea
  • 1 x 2022 Mackenzie William 1896 Riesling | $32

 

2 x 2020 Mackenzie William 1896 Riesling

Lashings of lemon and brown lime with a spike of citrus blossom leap out of the glass to tattoo ‘Eden Valley Riesling’ on your nose; a classic expression of these high country old-timer vines. A continuous stream of fresh squeezed lemon over lime juice slides through an elegant lengthy palate, with a lean and tidy minerally steel dry finish.

RS: 3.74g/L. Cellaring window; 10 years, to 2030.

Eden Valley Riesling Winery of the Year | 2020 Melbourne International Wine Competition

Gold | 2020 Melbourne International Wine Competition

94 Points | National Liquor News, Riesling Panel Tasting, Jan 2021 ~Michael Park~ | “Delicious, grapey sweetness meets sherbet zest. Long, juicy and great potential.”

Silver | 2020 New Zealand International Wine Competition

 

1 x 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. RS: 0.3g/L. Cellaring window; 10 years, to 2032

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.”

95 Points | Wine Orbit | Sam Kim (Jun 2023) | “This is exquisitely fine and delicately expressed on the nose, showing lime peel, lemon sorbet, white floral and wet limestone nuances, leading to a brilliantly focused palate offering outstanding concentration and fruit purity. Superbly structured by mouth-watering acidity, finishing impressively long and linear. At its best: 2027 to 2040.”

Silver | 2022 Melbourne International Wine Competition

 

Our Riesling is made from vines dating back to 1896, believed to be the oldest Riesling vines in 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.

 

2020 Mackenzie William 1896 Riesling

Eden Valley Riesling Winery of the Year | 2020 Melbourne International Wine Competition

Gold | 2020 Melbourne International Wine Competition

94 Points | National Liquor News, Riesling Panel Tasting, Jan 2021 ~Michael Park~ | “Delicious, grapey sweetness meets sherbet zest. Long, juicy and great potential.”

Silver | 2020 New Zealand International Wine Competition

 

2022 Mackenzie William 1896 Riesling

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.”

95 Points | Wine Orbit | Sam Kim (Jun 2023) | “This is exquisitely fine and delicately expressed on the nose, showing lime peel, lemon sorbet, white floral and wet limestone nuances, leading to a brilliantly focused palate offering outstanding concentration and fruit purity. Superbly structured by mouth-watering acidity, finishing impressively long and linear. At its best: 2027 to 2040.”

Silver | 2022 Melbourne International Wine Competition

 

2020 Vintage Report

As quoted by Barossa Wine “Barossa’s 2020 wines will again be sought out early by fans and collectors, with yields tracking below the 10-year average due to temperamental spring weather, and a hot, dry summer.” Our whole region’s reduced yield is partly due to some interrupted flowering in spring, thanks to some very cold nights and strong winds, followed by extremely hot, dry summer conditions. As in previous years, we focused our attentions on maintaining soil moisture and irrigating before these heatwaves and we fared alright through the hot conditions. In some areas of Eden Valley, vineyards were down 70-80% (mainly due to lack of water) and in a few cases some vineyards were not even picked at all.

Despite being down 45% on our own normal production levels, our quality is brilliant. Winemakers are touting this as another high-quality Barossa vintage. We’ve had one of the best starts to a new vintage (2021) for many years, with good rains through April and early May – things are looking good and all we need is some follow up rain with good run off to refill the dams a little. The weather experts are saying we’re in for a better than average winter with good rains for this part of Australia.

 

2022 Vintage Report

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; I think I 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 vine, to the wine you and I have come to know and love. The team has done a fantastic job of bouncing back from the challenges late last year. I am confident the wine will be superb, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

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