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2017 Frost Dodger Riesling

Eden Valley Riesling At Its Purest

Old Vine Eden Valley Riesling sourced from two frost pocketed vineyards dating back to 1930.


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Region Eden Valley
Sub-Region Craneford & Mt McKenzie
Altitude 350 meters – 450 meters
Vineyard Practices Family traditional methods with a diet of composts, native grasses & flora as ground cover, low water imput and natural sprays for diseases.
Soil Complex sites that house thin sandy clay loams, Ironstone / quartz gravels with underlain schists.
Trellis System Single wire
Varietal Riesling
Age of Vines 46 – 87 years old
Alc/vol 12.5%
Closure Stelvin
Yield per Vine 2 kg / 1.8 ton per acre
Oak Treatment None
Total Production 3,600 bottles
Vintage Excellent winter rains and good fruit set was a good sign for a healthy vintage. Summer was mild to warm with a couple of rain events during January & February helped freshen things up leading into late March harvest making this 2017 riesling of great cellaring potential with intense fruit, texture and structure.
Wine Making Hand picked whole bunch pressed and free run only. Natural cold settling for 12 days then racked with little solids remaining for wild yeast ferment at low temperature for 6 weeks continuing with lees aging for 8 weeks for added texture, weight and complexity. Expect high tone aromatics of white stone fruits, white flowers & lime. The real star is the palate which reveals all of the aromatics but sears with texture, weight & persistence that finishes crisp, dry & long.


Australian Wine Review – Andrew Graham MW Aug 2017

From two frost pocketed vineyards at Mt. McKenzie & Craneford. Water clear this is such a cool, tense and reserved style, the nose all white flowers and a dash of talc with some rosewater at the edges.
A powerful, grippy and intensely dry wine with an almost Gewürz like zip of dry extract, and finishing with a steam train of acidity. Feel the power! This is such good, wildly floral and long Eden Rizza.
Buy all you can.

The Winefront – Gary Walsh Jily 2017

Fine perfume of white flowers, starfruit, lime and sweet spice. Light, but full-flavoured, with a wash of white peach and lime, a fleshy texture liberally dusted with chalk, and cool sweet acidity, finishing with a pucker of tannin and perfumed white fruits.
Lovely wine. Almost has a Grüner-like weight and spiciness. I think it’s great now, though it will cellar.