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.
Following a warm March we were faced with a cool and wet April. Despite this our low crop vines fully matured the grapes. Ripeness is crucial for quality wine.
Low crop levels are the key to ripe grapes of real concentration and flavour. Our Riesling vines yield around 3kg of fruit which represents 48 hl/ha af wine.
June 2001; Still tight and youthful with just the beginings of the developed honey flavour. A lovely stage between youth and age, starting to show the extra depth and the complexity that age brings.
AromaFragrant, lime fruit with floral and citrus overtones.
ColourStraw with a light green tinge.
PalateGently flavoured with the fruit elements apparent on the nose carrying through to the palate. Fine fruit with a mineral edge and a crisp finish. Even, mouthfilling, lingering flavour. The overall impression is delicate and savoury. Wonderfully long and subtle flavour.
RegionLenswood, Adelaide Hills
Excellent ageing prospects with the freshness and acid to keep it youthful for many years.
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.