Sandpiper Riesling comes off the cool, high-altitude vineyard in the Eden Valley. It is elegant, lifted, and citric. Stoney notes, a bit floral. The palate is lean, fleshy mandarin and candied lime. The acid is intense. I’d drink the Sandpiper Riesling young and fresh. It’d be great with a seafood pasta.
“An exercise in purity and elegance, the perfumed bouquet trailing through florals, powder puff and a touch of spice, the delicately engineered palate keeping all the components in their place. Terrific balance and length to an all-out bargain.” 95 Points. Halliday Wine Companion, 1 November, 2019 JAMES HALLIDAY’S TOP 100
Class 102, Dry White – Riesling
The Rutherglen Wine Show & The Australian Fortified Wine Show 2019
Class 4, Riesling – 2019 Vintage
Perth Royal Food Awards 2019
You can trace both the Thorn and Clarke family well back into the history of the Barossa. It has only been since 2001 that they have released wine under their united family name. I remember tasting them and was suitably impressed and am happy to see they are still producing lovely wines 18 years late. They have 270 hectares of vineyard spread across four sites in the Barossa and Eden Valley. This includes the Thorn family’s ‘Clifton’ property just outside of Angaston, which goes back to 1854.
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.