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For all his focus on site-expressive Barossan reds, this Riesling is one of Alex Head's most loveable wines. The fruit comes from a 50ish-year-old vineyard near Springton in the Eden Valley, with the 2016 vintage allowing this wine to develop some intoxicating and concentrated flavour whilst retaining amazing natural acidity. It's _light, bright and scintillatingly pure_, and whilst delicious now will keep developing in the cellar for at least another decade.
What it Tastes Like
This is crunchy Eden Riesling. It's floral. It's limey. It's slatey. It whips through the mouth at break-neck pace. It sizzles and crackles as it goes. It's a great rendition of the the style. A touch of sweetness gives it a little more weight but finishes crisp and lipsmacking. Good stuff.
This Riesling is sourced from an 'Old Vine' vineyard planted in the 1960s near the town of Springton. Here a long, cool, growing season allows acidity to be retained while incredible flavours develop.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Alcohol: Drink Until: 2026
About the Producer
Alex Head has had what you might call a meteoric rise through the Australian wine industry. In his short career as a producer he has been heralded as one of the best Young Gun Winemakers, not only in the Barossa but the whole country. With no formal training as a winemaker, the purity and balance inherent in the wines are amazing.
Alex has a passion for the old vineyards that populate the Barossa. With a keen eye for a good site, Alex has put together a formidable portfolio of vineyards which produce simply outstanding renditions of Shiraz and Grenache year-in, year-out.
Eden Valley is the cooler more elegant brother of the brawny Barossa. Renowned for slick Shiraz, floral and lifted Riesling and even some stonkingly good Cabernet, the wines of this area provide a great counterpoint to the usual out and out power that South Australian wine has become known for.
Riesling is the king of white grapes. With unparalleled versatility, it rightfully carries the ‘Noble’ name tag. We make extraordinary Riesling in Australia, from far and wide. From the classic searing, razor-sharp styles in the Clare and Eden Valleys to the fragrant and enchanting wines of the Great Southern, Australian Riesling is a chameleon that can take on many forms. Sweet, steely, lean or textured, the world of Riesling is a thing of wonder that should be explored by all true lovers of wine.
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