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 2001 summer was extremely hot but was followed by an unusually cool March. In addidtion there was with rain in March in 3 bursts, 16th, 21st and 29th approx 20mm each. Harvest of our Riesling was the earliest ever occurring on the 29th of March (before the rain ?on that day thankfully). The early harvest was a consequence of both the hot summer and the low crop level; just 1.8kg per vine. This year demonstrates to me that the style of wine is most influenced by the temperatures in the month leading up to harvest with the style reserved and tight with crisp acid reflecting the cool March much more than the hot summer.
AromaLifted, fragrant, citrus blossom fruit with mineral overtones.
ColourStraw with a light green tinge.
PalateFresh citrus fruit with a crisp, textural savoury edge. 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