Eden Road Riesling 2017
6 PACK BUY. New Release. New Winemaker. From ACT High Country!
There are big changes afoot at this Murrumbateman-based producer A new ownership structure with a commitment to do whatever it takes to progress, a new highly trained winemaker, and the plans to plant additional vineyards in an outstanding site (right next door to Clonakilla) Add this to the existing strengths of this producer – including a mature Syrah vineyard (on the same site as the upcoming plantings) and access to an array of quality Canberra and NSW high country vineyards – and the future certainly looks bright for Eden Road.
The new winemaker is Celine Rousseau. Rousseau was the founding winemaker and manager at Chalkers Crossing, where over a period of 17 years she developed a strong understanding and passion for the high country of NSW and its unique, cool climate vineyards and wines. She had already made a number of wines from the very vineyards from which Eden Road source, which has allowed her to hit the ground running. Before leaving France, Rousseau cut her winemaking teeth in Bordeaux and Champagne, working with the likes of Château Suduiraut and Château Pichon Baron. Rousseau still works two vintages a year, one in France and one in the Canberra district. Indeed, before joining Eden Road, Rousseau was being courted by several wine companies in Europe. In the end, Rousseau’s love of Australia won the day.
Eden Road is supposed to suggest an ideal (as in the Garden of Eden), not a place.
New winemaker Celine Rousseau appears to be taking this 2017 wine in a more racy, savoury and complex direction, the first release to include a parcel of barrel fermented Riesling (in two older 500-litre puncheons).
This 2017 Riesling is drawn from both the Estate vineyard – at an altitude of 610 metres above sea level on Murrumbateman’s ancient decomposed granite soils – and from the Long Rail Gully vineyard located just north of the village at an altitude of 650 metres. Eden Road have been working with Riesling from this latter vineyard since 2008. The vines here are on the same soil and were planted with an old German clone some 25 years ago. Both vineyards were handpicked and whole bunch pressed, and (mostly) fermented in stainless steel. Four to five months on fine lees has added texture to balance the wine’s racy lime and sherbet freshness. The palate is crunchy and vibrant with citrus pith green apple notes as well as some tropical hints that suggest musk and lychee.
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Australia, Canberra District