Riesling Barossa South Australia
The Eden Valley delineation of Barossa is renowned for producing Australia's finest Riesling, as the cooler climate and higher rainfall, provide ideal conditions for the Riesling grape. Grapes are sourced mainly from thirty year old vines grown to the Thorn Family property and two other superior Eden Valley blocks. Clean, fresh citrus characters feature prominently on the palate, all perfectly balanced with a natural acidity and linear minerality on the long, lingering finish.
Grapes are hand picked at healthy levels of baume, to construct a wine of delicacy and finesse. The earlier long cool ripening period of Eden Valley provides outstanding growing conditions and is the raison d'être for some of Australia's most internationally renowned Riesling wines. Half of the fruit is whole bunch pressed to maximise elegance, the balance is crushed directly into fermenters, the juices immediately drained to minimise skin contact. After two days of cold settling, the exclusively free run juices are racked and three cultured yeasts added to initiate a strictly temperature controlled fermentation at 11ºC. After six weeks rest on lees, the finished wine is racked and assembled for bottling.
Pale gold with green tinges. Delicate bouquet of fresh lime, lemons and hints of floral blossom. The flavours of fresh limes and lemons flow into the palate, clean and crisp, acidity and minerality provide a fine, lingering finish. Thorn Vineyard shows excellent balance, integration and length, drinking exceptionally well while young, the perfect choice with natural oysters.