Another cracking Eden Valley Riesling vintage. Due to previous conditions 2016 was always set up to be a low yielding vintage but spring frosts certainly didn’t help. After good winter rains, the summer was relatively dry and close water management was required. What really set up the vintage was a cool January with rain at just the right time to freshen up the vines. The resulting fruit is outstanding with delicate flavours and truly lovely natural acidity.
Pale, almost clear, with vivid green highlights. The nose is very fresh and restrained, tending towards citrus with subtle floral notes. The palate is elegant and pure, offering glimpses of its potential, with a core of delicate citrus flavours and beautiful mineral acidity.
"Not to be confused with the High Eden wine that comes in a brown bottle, this is White Label, with a Blue Stripe, in a green bottle (or antique leaf or whatever it’s called in “The Trade”). It’s the sister to the Blue Stripe Shiraz. OK then.
"It’s been a reliable performer over its short history.
Talc and vanilla perfume, juicy lemon and lime, maybe some aniseed. Light bodied, pretty and approachable, with a nice amount of crunch to the acidity, but not so much it makes you wince. Gentle chalky texture, and a tweak of lime rind bitterness on a gin and tonic infused finish of solid length. No worries mate."
Rated : 92 Points Winefront.com.au