Henschke Julius Riesling 2017

Henscke Eden Valley Julius Riesling

Vineyard: Cyril Henschke developed the Henschke reputation for premium Riesling wines as early as the 1950s from areas around the Eden Valley region. This region provides ideal ripening conditions for the Riesling grape and has a unique track record of exceptional ageing potential for the variety. The vineyard is planted on sandy loam over gravel and bedrock with patches of clay.

Season: A later start to picking with a mild period with the last grapes being picked in mid-May. A wet  winter gave a good foundation for dry-grown vines, established on own roots. A cool, wet and fiercely windy spring followed, with a slightly higher spring rainfall than the Barossa Valley, which delayed flowering. A mild summer with regular rainfall events followed and allowed the grapes to reach full  maturity. The vintage will be characterized by impeccable floral and vibrant Rieslings, an indicator of our slightly cooler conditions.

Wine making: Hand picked Riesling grapes were fermented in tank and bottled post-vintage to preserve the delicate aromatic fruit characters.

Appearance: Pale straw with green/gold hues.

Aroma/Bouquet: Exquisite aromas of flowering lemon citrus, bath salts, concentrated white currants, limes and grapefruit zest, with hints of Frangipani and green peppercorns.

Palate: Clean and layered with ripe limes and succulent white currant. Mineral talc-like texture and purity of zesty acidity for long and dry finish.

Food Pairing:  Grilled seafood, Asian cuisine such as Vietnamese chilli, crab and mango salad.

Alcohol: 11%

pH: 2.98

Acidity: 6.98g/L

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: NA

Cellar potential: 25+ years

Wine maker: Stephen Henschke

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The Henschke family has been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard on his diverse farming property at Keyneton in 1862. He was one of many Silesians who had fled their homeland in search of religious freedom, and he arrived from Kutschlau in 1841. The wine was initially intended for consumption by family and friends, but with the first commercial release in 1868, believed to be principally riesling and shiraz, the wheels were set in motion for greater things to come.