Riesling was the first variety we planted at Lenswood in 1982 with the first small crop in 1985. Our Riesling is on the austere end of the range of Riesling styles made in Australia and as such is the logical extension of the fine, subtle long lasting wines from Eden Valley which have such an established place among the great wines of this variety.
To me the essence of our Riesling is gentle, fine floral aromatics with the palate showing great finesse and delicacy. There is a mineral element about these wines and a wonderful capacity to fill out and grow in complexity with age, free from the heavy, overt, toasty aged characters that dominate many aged Australian Rieslings.
The 1996 season was unusually cool, in fact the second coldest since we began in 1982. The cool season seems to bring out the best in our Riesling. Harvest was on
29th April which is our latest harvest date.
June 2001; Now showing a definite softer developed honey flavour. Rich mouthfeel and complex flavour with depth and generosity. Still crisp and dry with hints of the original fruit.
AromaLifted, fragrant limey Riesling fruit with orange blossom/ citrus overtones. Honey notes developing with time.
ColourStraw with a light green tinge.
PalateGently flavoured with the fruit elements apparent on the nose carrying through to the palate. Subtle fruit with a mineral edge and a crisp finish. Even, mouthfilling, lingering flavour. The overall impression is savoury and crisp. Filling out with age to be soft, full and complex.
RegionLenswood, Adelaide Hills
Excellent ageing prospects, building in honey, lime flavours but without heavy toast or, so called, “kerosine” ageing characters. If our 85 is a guide (and I think it is) it will retain freshness and delicacy for at least a decade.
Ideal with seafood but can be enjoyed with a wide range of foods or on its own. Best with subtly flavoured rather than heavy foods.
Cool. Best between 5 and 10°C.