Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley Riesling, 2020
Bright in the glass with tinges of green and white-gold. Classic aromas of citrus zest, candied peels, dragon fruit, honey and hints of herbs are framed by a clear, steely minerality. This is an attractively textural wine displaying the variety's intense purity. Bone-dry, its structure and length is underpinned by bracing acidity.
Meet the maker: Dandelion Vineyards
Region: Eden Valley, South Australia – Australia
Grape(s): Riesling (100%)
11% ABV / 750ml
Dandelion Vineyards are proven plantings that have stood the test of time, encouraging the humble dandelion amongst the vines as they suppress winter weeds, provide mulch in summer, and proffer their Wishing Clocks in spring to blow off and make the Dandelion wish come true.
The Enchanted Garden was planted in 1910 and thrives to this day, a seven acre Eden Valley Vine Garden lovingly tended by Sue and Stuart Woodman. The soils consist of sandstone bedrock with ironstone gravels, quartz and red rock fragments on the surface, which provides great minerality for this Riesling.
Whole bunches were hand-picked in the first week of March, then destemmed without crushing the fruit to fill the press exactly.
The free-run juice and pressings were fermented separately in small tanks between 11-13°C.
The wine was bottled directly with minimal fining and filtration to capture the essence of the vineyard.