2019 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 Production7000 bottles
VintageVery dry winter and spring with wide frosts event produced the lowest crop load in 10 years. The old vine sites showed a healthy canopy to protect the small intense crop making this 2019 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 2019

It’s one of the most distinctive wines to come out of the Eden Valley.

Personality packed and loaded with texture and interest. Lemon barley, lemongrass, green apple, white flowers, spice. It’s dry, very flinty and chalky, almost umami in flavour with a chicken broth savoury element along with green herbs, cool acidity, and a long talc powder finish. Great stuff. Keeps you coming back, for sure.

Ned Goodwin – James Halliday