The fruit for this wine was selected from a special parcel within our Eden Valley Riesling vineyard. Hand-picked and whole bunch pressed this wine has all the hallmarks of great Riesling. Eden Valley is a cool climate region nestled between 400 and
600 meters above sea level and is part of the Barossa and Mount Lofty Ranges. It is rough, rocky country that belies its ability to produce wines of great delicacy and finesse. The soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock with red clay soils and sandy, silty loams interspersed with schistic
gravels. The cooler climate of the Eden Valley allows fruit to experience longer ripening periods which is perfect for flavour accumulation and intensity.
The Barossa had a very dry Winter and Spring in 2018 and only had limited and small rainfall events during the summer to freshen up the vines. Frost events and hail events in the Spring disrupted bud burst and flowering in some vineyards. These challenging conditions lead to one of the shortest and smallest harvests in recent history but the quality of the fruit that was harvested was universally high even across the white varieties.
A separate parcel within the vineyard in the coolest, most south easterly aspect was selected to make this wine. The fruit was picked in the cool of the morning and pressed separately before undergoing ferment. It was cool fermented (10-15C) in stainless steel with early bottling to retain freshness.
Pale straw with hints of green. Piercing nose of lime zest, orange blossoms and wet stones. Tight zesty citrus palate with super long acid driving from front to back. A chalky texture holds and delivers the fruit with crispness and precision. Finish is long, fresh and clean as a whistle.
In 1981, fifth generation brothers Robert and Geoff established Bethany Wines. They built a winery in the quarry where the early pioneers had hewn stone for their homes. They crushed 2 tonnes of Shiraz and Riesling, launching the next chapter of the Schrapel wine story.
The early 1980s were tough for Barossa grape growers. A glut followed a red wine boom and grape prices fell below production cost. The State Government wanted growers to pull out old Shiraz and Grenache vines. They encouraged growers to plant new varieties or leave the industry.
Fortunately, the brothers chose to establish a tradition of winemaking from this undervalued yet irreplaceable resource of old vineyards.
Almost 40 years on they are a vibrant family company that plays a significant role in the Barossa community.
Tania Schrapel continues the legacy of the business, sharing the same passion for the vineyards, for crafting fine wines, and for the future working alongside her father, Geoff and Uncle, Robert.
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT
An exquisitely styled riesling; the fabulously fragrant bouquet shows apple blossom, lemon peel and lime sorbet characters, followed by a concentrated palate that is brilliantly focused and persistent. The wine exhibits outstanding fruit purity and vibrancy, leading to an impressively long linear finish.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Steps taken to pick early from the cool site of the vineyard - and the result is a wine full of Rose's lime juice and a squeeze of lemon. Seriously good riesling - drink whenever, young or old.