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 2004 growing season was free from extremes of temperature. Autumn was beautiful with no significant rain to upset the harvest. The Riesling grapes were harvested on the 16th of April which is close to our average picking date. The yield was just over 3kg per vine also near average. The vintage weather was warm and generally dry which presented no problems for us in picking or for the vines achieving full ripness with excellent natural acid levels.
AromaFragrant lime blossom fruit.
ColourStraw with a light green tinge.
PalateFresh citrus and lime flavours with a crisp savoury edge. Delicate and lingering.
RegionLenswood, Adelaide Hills
Excellent ageing prospects, building in honey and lime flavours but without obvious toasty aged 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.
ClosureA note on Stelvin. We now use Stelvin on all our white wines. Stelvin sealed wines in my experience have many positive characteristics. They; are fresher than cork sealed wines are free of taints age more slowly and gracefully than cork can be safely stored at more variable and warmer temperatures than wine under cork. Since ageablity is a fundamental attribute of our wines it is logical that we should seal our white wine with the closure which achieves this best. The question of ageing of red wines under Stelvin is still open. Steady but limited ingress of air to the wine to enhance development of reds is facilitated by cork under good cellaring conditions and is, to me, a reason to continue with cork for reds.
- 2006 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
Spotlessly clean passionfruit and lime aromas, delicate, fresh minerally palate; long finish. Screwcap
- Huon Hooke & Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2005/06
Geoff Weaver’s Lenswood Rieslings are outstanding examples of regional style.
Not only does Geoff make wine, he also paints pictures. The lovely pastoral landscape that graces these elegant labels is one of his. Geoff Weaver Riesling at its zesty best. Lime juice, green apple, slate and steel mark the nose, giving a fresh spring-like impression. In the mouth it’s clean and dry with great purity of varietal flavour, serious depth and length, and some mierally austerity on the finish. It’s attractive now with great balance and intensity, but really it needs time to evolve and show its best.
Serve it with Thai grilled chicken salad.