This wine is dedicated to our dad, Alexander Murray Forbes. Murray (as he was known to everybody) worked tirelessly planting the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and trellising my vineyard. Murray’s friendly good humour always came to the fore in the days working in the vineyard.
It has been an exciting discovery to find that these varieties work particularly well in the cooler climate and terroir of the Eden Valley area. It seems to me that this blend provides the richness for the red wine sector that Eden Valley Riesling provides for the whites.
The smooth, complex characters generated by Cabernet Sauvignon are supported by the soft cherry/blackberry characters of the Merlot and finished by the fruit lift from the Cabernet Franc. The soft but complex bundle of flavours in the mouth with layer upon layer of “berry” flavours makes this a satisfying meal in its own right.
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This wine is an example of what can be achieved with maturation in the bottle. The richer golden hues still have a tinge of green which indicates that it has freshness and time left to mature further. The glorious toast and lime marmalade aromas are supported by the rich complexity on the palate, making this wine suitable to accompany a similarly rich dish such as a tagine.
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As a means to handle the pressings generated by the crushing process we have initiated a solero system whereby the juice is fortified with grape spirit and then placed into old oak barrels to gently age and mature.
The spirit preserves and protects the grape juice allowing this “Ratafia style” wine to maintain attractive mouth filling sweet grape characters.
Extended time in oak barrels, combined with the blending across years, allows us to provide fresh Riesling characters supported by the soft mellowness gained from gentle maturing.
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Fine, clear weather in the ripening period with mild days and cool nights enabled the Riesling grapes to head towards maturity gently. This brilliant weather allowed the grapes to achieve full maturity at 12.6 Baume, ripe for picking on March 11th.
I changed the making procedure a little again this year, which, combined with what has turned out to be a brilliant year for Riesling, has enabled me to present a wine that I regard as being exceptional.
The intense but soft lime and mandarin fruit characters are supported by what I feel is a superb palate showing great complexity and length of flavour.
As with all the wines that have come from that old vineyard, it will age superbly and easily achieve 10 years of age or more.
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The weather pattern during the ripening period of 2009 was warm with a few heat spikes. This meant that the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit on the Fechner vineyard quickly achieved full maturity. The wine shows rich, ripe characters with mouth filling Cabernet fruit flavours and soft tannins.
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This wine breaks the mould of Eden Valley Rieslings which generally develop more character as they age, which I believe is a product of the vintage.
2012 produced an extended cool ripening period in the Woodman Eden Valley vineyard, enabling this premium fruit to slowly develop complex, fresh, herbaceous characters. The wine is exhibiting a very pale green straw colour, fresh, zingy Riesling fruit characters with excellent mouth filling richness.
It was probably these characters which lead judges to awarding it Gold medals in the only 2 Wine Shows that it was exhibited in, the Barossa Valley Wine Show and the National Wine Show in Canberra.
It is a wine worth trying as it shows all the desired characters of a fresh Riesling with an herbaceous lime aroma and powerful, lively drinking.
Alcohol 11.3 %.
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In 40 years of winemaking I have successfully made Rieslings from the Eden Valley that age brilliantly.
This wine is an illustration of what can be achieved by maturing good quality Riesling in the bottle. We have taken the effort to mature this wine and now feel that it is ready for its first public release.
The richer golden hues have a tinge of green to indicate it still has freshness and will mature further. The glorious toast and lime marmalade aromas are supported by the rich complexity on the palate. The 11.5 % alcohol adds to the softness.
One of the benefits of ageing is that it improves the ability of a wine to accompany a similarly rich dish such as a Tagine or chicken casserole.
Sometimes, good things come out of adversity. The dry, extremely hot conditions of March 2008 reduced the amount of grapes but intensified the black currant characters typical of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety.
As a young wine it appeared very subdued with the rich characters only showing on the palate. With some cellaring it has opened up and ‘black currant’ describes the nose of this wine as it jumps out of the glass.
These intense fruit characters are supported by a soft, very long, smooth palate which is an absolute pleasure to drink. The wine has repaid the patience of holding it back for release.
As recommended by James Halliday
Cellar Matured Eden Valley Riesling 2002.
“… has achieved everything expected in the bottle; tangy, toasty nuances to the core of citrus fruit in its web of steely acidity; is at the peak of perfection”
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013 edition
This vintage was rated as the “vintage of the century” by industry pundits at the time. Given the fact that the century was only 2 years old I was somewhat bemused. This wine suggests that so far their prediction is holding up. The classic combination of cool nights and clear mild days gave the fruit the best opportunity to gently ripen, developing complex flavours and balance.
The resulting wine, still with superb freshness of fruit and fantastic complex flavours, makes me think that this might be about as good as it gets.