2020 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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RegionEden Valley
Sub-RegionCraneford & Mt McKenzie
Altitude350 meters – 450 meters
Vineyard PracticesFamily traditional methods with a diet of composts, native grasses & flora as ground cover, low water imput and natural sprays for diseases.
SoilComplex sites that house thin sandy clay loams, Ironstone / quartz gravels with underlain schists.
Trellis SystemSingle wire
Age of Vines49 – 89 years old
Yield per Vine2 kg / 1.8 ton per acre
Oak TreatmentNone
Total Production5300 bottles
VintageVery dry winter and spring with wide frosts event produced the lowest crop load in a decade. The old vine sites showed good canopy to protect the small intense crop making this 2020 riesling of great cellaring potential with intense fruit, texture and structure.
Wine MakingHand 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.


The Winefront – Gary Walsh June 2020

Wonderful texture and feel in the mouth with plenty of chalk and stony stuff. Flavours are green apple, lime and lemon verbena, fennel and ginger. It’s intense and crunchy, but has weight and powdery grip to go with all the sizzling acidity. It’s very long, and firm, to close. Most definitely a bit of the old mouth-watering going on here.