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2017 St John's Road Peace of Eden Riesling

Eden Valley

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Our Price: $17.99 / bottle (RRP: $22.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'A confected note at first leads to a seductive, concentrated richness of ripe citrus and juicy apple flavours. This is finely balanced by lively and refreshing acidity on the finish.'
94 Points - Decanter Magazine

  • The peace and tranquility of the cool climate Eden Valley is ideally suited to yielding the clean, pure flavours of Riesling. Our approach of minimal intervention enables the true characteristics of each vintage and the vines to speak for itself. From the Barossa sub region Eden Valley, this wine shows layers of green apple, pear and citrus with a delicate mineral frame that balances the zest. The fruit is powerful and flavoursome but it is clean, crisp and polished from start to finish. Stunning now or cellar for an aged and honeyed beauty.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    The '16-17 growing season reminded many locals of seasons of years past. Winter rains were excellent (>800 mm), and dry creeks were at capacity. Whilst not especially cool during the early growing season, the wet soils delayed budburst by more than a month compared to the previous year. Summer was also characterised by a lack of extreme heat spikes, so the vineyards remained virtually free of any sunburnt berries, keeping the phenolics in the skins low and making the flavours from the light pressing fractions very useful in the cuvee.

    A large percentage of the 2017 blend has come from the Zander family vineyard in the Flaxman’s Valley area of EV. The Zander ‘Quarry Block’ is a beautiful low-yielding vineyard home to 39 year-old-vines which produce fruit with intensity of flavour and purity. A small portion also comes from Terry and Jan Riley’s 96Ha property located just over a km east of Eden Valley village. Their vineyards are grown on thick, loamy sand, over brown clay, producing fruit with classic regional minerality. Following picking fruit was immediately taken to our Barossa winery, for pressing, to avoid extended skin contact. As with previous vintages Phil let the fruit cold-settle for two days before fermentation, increasing the vibrancy of the final blend.

    Alcohol - 13%

    TASTING NOTES

    Pale straw with golden flecks. Perfumed and delicate, floral/lemon blossom, mineral & lime citrus. Fine but powerful, lively and zesty. Showing great Riesling purity and beautiful balance. 

  • REVIEWS

    'A confected note at first leads to a seductive, concentrated richness of ripe citrus and juicy apple flavours. This is finely balanced by lively and refreshing acidity on the finish.'
    94 Points - Decanter Magazine


    'Quite different from the classic, crisp and delicate 2016. More forward, bigger and richer, and not as aromatic as some of the 2017s from SA. Give it a few months to settle down, and it’ll be great with food.'
    94+ Points - Kim Brebach


    'Grown mostly on 39-year-old vines in the Flaxman’s Valley area of the Eden Valley. It feels settled, composed and at-ease with itself, but it doesn’t lack tension and it has all the finish you could hope for. It drinks well now but you get the feeling that its best will be in the medium term. Talc, florals, spices and then lime and red apple. There’s a bit of ‘body’ to this. A softness too. It will find friends easily.'
    92 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front



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