Steingarten Riesling is regarded as one of the benchmark examples of fine Australian Riesling made in a dry style, and is the highest quality Riesling made under the Jacob’s Creek label.
The wine was originally vintaged in 1967 and its name means “Stone Garden” in German. It is named after the famous Steingarten vineyard that was first planted by Colin Gramp in 1962 on a steep rocky site in Eden Valley, from which the grapes were originally sourced.
Today the grapes are harvested from selected older Riesling blocks within Eden Valley including Steingarten Vineyard. These prized Riesling vineyards are of Easterly aspect, so are protected from the afternoon sun by the surrounding hills and ranges. The vines survive in predominately shallow soils over fractured shale or schist rock, which drives the classic mineral character of this wine. Winemaking focus is on retaining purity of the fruit. Grapes are harvested at night (or hand-picked in the early morning in the case of the Steingarten Vineyard) followed by gentle pressing and careful temperature controlled fermentation, with early bottling under screw-cap to best preserve freshness.
Steingarten Riesling displays classic cool climate Riesling characters, revealing intense lime, grapefruit and rose petal notes, which are harmoniously entwined with a ‘dry’ flinty mineral structure that adds persistence and length, providing excellent potential to develop further with careful cellaring for twenty or more years. Steingarten Riesling was awarded the Barossa Trust Mark since 2014 which guarantees its top quality and genuine Barossa origin.
OVERVIEW An outstanding modern Riesling showcasing premium Eden Valley fruit and restrained winemaking with an absolute commitment to quality.
COLOUR Very pale green
AROMA The flowery bouquet offers jasmine spice with delicate lemon nuances.
TASTE Pristine and delicate, the palate has lemony intensity with finesse and a long, sublime finish.
ENJOY WITH Delicately flavoured fish, seafood or white meat.
IDEAL DRINKING WINDOW A wine that will fully blossom over time. Cellar for up to 15 years.
HARVEST DATE February 2015
BOTTLING DATE October 2015
RELEASE DATE TBA 2017
REGION Eden Valley
VINEYARDS Fruit was selected from three highquality vineyard blocks within the Eden Valley GI.
VINTAGE CONDITIONS An outstanding vintage, matching those of 2005 and 2012. Good rains in winter and spring made for a perfect growing season, then a mild to warm summer provided optimal conditions for premium Riesling.
WINEMAKING After crushing and chilling of the must, the free run juice was drained and clarified with minimum skin contact then cool fermented at 13-15°C with specially selected yeast to retain the delicate Riesling flavours.
WINE ANALYSIS Alcohol 11.0% by volume