Appealing petrol and lime nose with undertones of slate which are picked up on the deliciously appetising palate via the flinty, mineral backbone and invigorated by refreshing crisp acidity. Neatly structured and persistent with smoky overtones and great fruit intensity.
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Gatt, Riesling, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia 2014
Situated within the Barossa, the town of Eden Valley was settled by English and German immigrants in the mid-19th Century and allegedly got its name when the word ‘Eden’ was found carved into a tree.
‘Australia is a two hundred-million-year-old continent, has some of the most ancient soils and some of the world’s oldest vines,’ says proprietor Ray Gatt. ‘We are custodians of the land and aim to reflect the provenance of this unique Barossa terroir.’
Gatt launched his eponymous winery in 2006, releasing the first wines solely under the Gatt banner two years later.
The single vineyard which gave birth to this trophy winner is situated at around 500m above sea level, on the High Eden ridge of the Barossa Ranges. The land here benefits from cool nights, leading to an extended ripening season which can be as much as four weeks longer than the valley floor below.
‘It gives us grapes of outstanding quality, distinctive flavour and excellent natural acidity,’ explains Gatt. ‘Wines born here,’ he furthers, ‘show vibrant fruit, dazzling aromatics, an underlying minerality as well as effortless balance and finesse.‘
The fruit that went into this was whole-bunch pressed, cool-settled overnight then fermented using a specific strain of yeast aimed at retaining the purity of the fruit. It was bottled young and fresh, accentuating the Riesling grape’s aromatic purity, and Gatt managed to make 450 cases.