|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|
|Age of Vines||49 – 89 years old|
|Yield per Vine||2 kg / 1.8 ton per acre|
|Total Production||7000 bottles|
|Vintage||Very 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 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.|
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