The ‘Kosi Block’ in the Eden Valley has an altitude of 500m with the rows running east to west and a westerly facing aspect.
In 2018 the growing season was dry, which meant low disease pressure, which allowed a later picking date. The fruit that came in was perfectly balanced and ready for a long life. This is why some of the Kosi Block was held aside to create this Vickery Reserve Zander Riesling. Vickery holds this as a “fantastic example of high-altitude Eden Valley Riesling with fine acidity and ethereal fruit
flavours allowing for extended ageing.”
Vickery Reserve Zander Kosi Block Eden Valley Riesling 2018, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
A partnership between John Vickery and Phil Lehmann (the youngest son of Peter and Margaret Lehmann). John is a man who has made some of the greatest Riesling in Australia, if not the world. What he doesn’t know about Riesling isn’t worth knowing.
Vickery Reserve Zander Kosi Block Eden Valley Riesling 2018 Wine Review
The Real Review
“Very restrained, light colour for its age, and the bouquet is likewise reserved and fresh and shows less development than the same maker’s Clare Valley reserve. A lovely array of lemon, dried herb and dried floral aromas, very typical of the region, and the wine is ageing slowly, which bodes well for its future. The palate is refined and terrifically intense, compact and lingering, with great harmony, line and length. A ripping riesling with a big future. 02 JAN 2022 Drink 2022–2033.”
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 of quality wine production. Although it only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Find superb Riesling in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. See more about Riesling here.
The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map. The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.
This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the distinctive terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.