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 1999 season had rain during April which created a little botrytis in the Riesling grapes and hence a light botrytis flavour contribution which makes this an unusually rich wine and adds a dimension in depth and complexity.
ColourStraw with a light green tinge.
PalateRichly flavoured with the fruit elements apparent on the nose carrying through to the palate. Intense fruit with a savoury edge and a crisp finish. Even, mouthfilling, lingering flavour.
RegionLenswood, Adelaide Hills
Excellent ageing prospects, building in honey, lime flavours but without obvious toast or heavy ageing characters.
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.