Green apples, floral, lime zest, concentrated but light and fresh on the palate. Extremely well executed Eden Valley Riesling. Pair with scallops or prawns. This wine will do 10 years easily and will probably be still looking pretty smart on its 30th birthday.
Melbourneian Carpetner Colin Sheppard spent 10 years doing vintage stints in the Barossa. Then, in 2004 he came across an estate looking onto the Flaxmans Valley. Consisting of tiny plots of 60-90-year-old Riesling, 60-plus-year-old Semillon and 65-90-year-old Shiraz, the vineyard is dry-grown, hand-pruned and all the fruit is handpicked. The rest is history except for the quality wines that are constantly on show from this producer.
Perched high above the Barossa, the Eden Valley gives a cooler and longer season compared to the Barossa and therefore makes more elegant and aromatic wines. Blending between the two regions is quite common to get the best of both worlds. Shiraz and Riesling excel in the Eden Valley.
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Wonderful wines are found in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.