From the beginning of the joint adventure in 2002, two subtly different winemaking methods were agreed upon to achieve our desired outcome, that is to make a wine with a strong citrus flavour and slight mineral profile, typical of the Eden Valley region. We look for long, rich flavours with a greater emphasis on power, generosity, persistence and texture than is normally seen.
The grapes are "pedantically divided" by selectively hand picking alternate rows into yellow and blue buckets on the same day. The two separate parcels are then crushed at different locations and the 6 finished components and combinations jointly assessed post-vintage amid lively debate, to determine the final blend.
Each component, whilst being close to identical at the start, undergoes a subtly different conversion into wine, reflecting the personal differences in the interpretation of the "purest or most powerful expression of variety and region".
The 2009 mesh Eden Valley Riesling is green and vibrant in appearance. The aroma is of zesty lemon and grapefruit with a hint of dried herbs. Lively and generous on the palate, with intense citrus fruit flavours and hints of talc. The wine finishes clean and dry with refreshing slaty acidity.
As is the case with all great Eden Valley Rieslings, mesh will age gracefully and reliably into a mature wine under the Stelvin closure.
Mesh is of course the riesling collaboration between Jeffrey Grosset and Robert Hill Smith. The project started with the 2002 vintage and the standard has always been high. The quality of this 2009 certainly is.
In beautiful shape. Characterised by its long, limey strike through the finish. Goes on and on like a commercial DJ. Notes of gunmetal and slate. Terrific intensity. Ripper.
Rated : 94 Points Winefront.com.au
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