Hutton Vale Farm Riesling 2018 (Eden Vale , South Australia) "...lemon, lime, orange blossom..."
Hutton Vale Farm is an award-winning boutique wine producer; the Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache vines are taken from some of Australia’s oldest plantings.
In 1987, John Duval, then Penfold’s Grange winemaker, mentored the Angas family in making their first wine, to help them to appreciate the fruit they were growing.
The quality and intensity of colour and flavour of the grapes were powerful factors in their conviction to begin making small batch wines. John Duval was also convinced and continues to purchase parcels of fruit for his own label.
Colin Angas, guided by Peter Lehmann realised the potential for the Eden Valley to be an exceptional region for riesling and planted a vineyard on a gentle slope in the 1960’s. The top section with deeper soil produces plump bunches of fruit that showcase fresh aromatics and citrus zing. The bottom section, tends to produce tightly structured fruit with crisp, vibrant acidity. Both parcels together make an outstanding riesling wine.
About the 2017 vintage:
"If you ever want to show someone just how glorious the riesling grape can be, serve them a glass of this. It’s agenda-free riesling, fundamentally delicious, intense with flavour but not cutting, gorgeous at every turn, cellarworthy if you so desire, but in no way is patience a prerequisite. Lime, orange blossom, a gently candied aspect, a slip of pure lemon. It’s bold and it’s beautiful." - 95 Points, James Halliday