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James Halliday, Australia's most famous and respected wine critics has announced Hentley Farm Winery of the Year at the 2015 Australian Wine Companion Awards. Nineteen of the Hentley Farm wines received 94 points or higher including five at 97 points and two 98 points.
Eden Valley - Single block
At Hentley Farm, only wine grown on site is permitted to wear the Hentley Farm label. This Riesling is the one exception to that rule. Winemaker Andrew Quin and Vineyard Manager Greg Mader were set the challenge: to create a world-class Riesling for the Hentley Farm range. For them the answer was simple - head over the range and into Eden Valley. The Hentley Farm Riesling was born - a complex wine with the perfect combination of fruit intensity and balanced acid, which has the potential to develop for many years to come.
100% Riesling - Single block
The fruit is from a small, high altitude (420m) block of Eden Valley Riesling vines, situated on Heggies Boundary road. Planted in 1981 on shallow grey sandy loam soils with underlying granite, on a south-east facing slope, this block provides the ideal site characteristics for premium Riesling production.
2014 – Solid rainfall through June and July filled the soil profile and irrigation dams of Eden Valley thus providing a great start to the growing season. This was followed by an extremely dry and hot spring combined with unusually high winds at flowering. These challenging conditions continued on through summer until the middle of February when a significant rainfall event signalled the end of summer and a return to mild days. This last minute reprieve from the heat was critical for the vintage, resulting in slowed ripening and therefore increased opportunity for flavour development. One of the most unique Barossa vintages in recent history, and in my opinion will prove to be one of Hentley Farm’s best. Winemaker – Andrew Quin.
Harvested (hand-picked) : 26th February & 8th March 2014
Fruit was destemmed, crushed and must chilled before being bag pressed under inert gas conditions. Half of the juice was put through a 5 day solid suspension followed by a clean racking and inoculation with QA23, while the remaining half was treated more traditionally with a cold settling period of 48hrs, before racking and inoculation with QA23. Another small amount of fruit was crushed into a fermentation vessel where it underwent a natural fermentation on skins until 7.5 Baume before being bag pressed to stainless steel where it was fermented on full solids. These components were combined in June, minimal fining additions were used to prepare the wine for bottling in early July 2014. – Winemaker, Andrew Quin
The aromatic profile of this wine shows the traditional citrus influence of lemon and lime combined with a tropical lift of Pineapple, Passionfruit and Honeydew. This complex nose is rounded off by a slate-like minerality commonly found in Eden Valley Rieslings. The palate combines a mid-palate fruit sweetness with a highly textured mouthfeel and balanced acidity. Drink now as a young aromatic white or cellar for 10+ years.
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