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  • Country ranking ?

    131
  • Producer ranking ?

    84
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Scampi and caviar toasts

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Light, bright yellow colour with a fragrant, flowery bouquet, fresh and lifted, with a talcum powder overtone. The wine is very restrained and delicate but also fruity and accessible. It's quite soft and the acidity is not challenging, but the wine tastes dry.

92 points, Real Review (October 2018)

 

A mandarin and tangelo exoticism leads out, telling the tale of a growing season temperatures above average, flowing into a tense palate of taut lemon and lime juice. A touch of phenolic grip brings firmness to the structure of the finish. A riesling of full-flavoured concentration and structural tension that lingers with great persistence. Drink 2018-2023.

92 points, tysonstelzer.com (October 2018)

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The Story

Introduced in 1999 (originally as Eden Valley Reserve Bin Riesling), Bin 51 (from 2006) captures the attributes of the Eden Valley, adjacent to the Barossa Valley. The region’s altitude and cool climate consistently produces Riesling of great finesse and elegance with a capacity for long term cellaring.

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Vintage 2018

 At a glance summary

The Australian winegrape crush was 1.79 million tonnes – a decrease of 10 per cent from the record 2017 harvest. 

The crush was just above the long-term average of 1.76 million tonnes

The average purchase price across all varieties increased 8 per cent to $609 per tonne – the highest since 2008.

Average winegrape purchase prices paid increased across the board:The average for red varieties increased by 11 per cent to $768 per tonne and,

The average for white varieties grew by 5 per cent to $444 per tonne.

The total estimated value of the crush decreased by 3 per cent to $1.11 billion due to lower tonnages partially offset by higher average prices.

Red varieties overall decreased by 15 per cent in tonnage while white varieties decreased by 4 per cent, leading to a reduction in the red share from 55 per cent to 52 per cent of the crush, in line with the three-year average.

Shiraz tonnes crushed decreased by 17 per cent, Cabernet Sauvignon by 14 per cent and Merlot by 19 per cent.

Chardonnay was the only major variety to go against the trend, increasing by 9 per cent and restoring its share of the white crush to 47 per cent.

The crush in cool/temperate regions decreased by 20 per cent overall, while warm regions decreased by5 per cent and increased their share of the overall crush to 72 per cent.

The proportion of winery-grown fruit decreased from 33 per cent of the crush in 2017 to 31 per cent in 2018.

 

 

2018 Barossa vintage one to savour


Barossa 2018 vintage wrapped up at the end of April 2018, with grape growers and winemakers happy with a high-quality vintage and good yields.

“Flavours and colours in reds are wonderful, and natural acids in the Eden Valley whites surprisingly high, with early standout varieties this year including Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet”, said Yalumba head of winemaking Louisa Rose.

The growing season started off well, with Winter 2017 rainfall around 10% higher than average. However, Spring rainfall was only 78% of average in Barossa Valley (BV) and 98% in Eden Valley (EV), and December rainfall was only 57% of average in BV (88% in EV).

Drier soils, combined with warmer than average October and November days (October 2ºC above average in BV (1.8 ºC in EV) and November 1.1ºC above average in BV (1.6 ºC in EV), meant the vine canopies grew quickly; flowering well and setting a good number of bunches.

January and February were warm and dry, with very warm temperatures in February slowing down the pace of ripening. January was slightly above average (1.4ºC during the day but closer to average at night) and February was about average during the day, but with significantly warmer than average night time temperatures in Barossa Valley (5.8ºC warmer).

With summer rainfall 50% of average, growers with access to water, soil moisture monitoring, good irrigation management and healthy soils experienced less stress – and subsequently delivered sound fruit and consistent yields.

The Indian summer of March and early April was ‘the icing on the cake’, with average temperatures, without extremes, perfect for finishing off vintage. The 28-30mm of rain on 14/15 April did not cause any major problems for picking – and was a welcome post-harvest watering for most Barossa growers.

Overall, in 2018, Barossa Valley crushed 56,970 tonnes*, down 22% from the 2017 vintage but 9% above the five-year average. In 2018, Eden Valley crushed 11,593 tonnes*, down 3% from 2017.

The total Barossa crush of 68,563 tonnes* contributed 9% of the total volume and 25% of the total value of the South Australian crush.

Average prices for Barossa Valley varieties remained steady in 2018, with Shiraz at $2252 per tonne 1% down on last year. In Eden Valley, the average price for Shiraz increased 11% to $2636 per tonne and Cabernet Sauvignon increased 15% to $2354.

*Wine Australia estimates the SA Winegrape crush response rate is 85%, so the actual total Barossa crush is estimated at 75,000 to 80,000 tonnes.

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Usually fruit just from the Woodbury vineyard below Mountadam. Good winter rainfall, but dry spring and summer requiring irrigation for the vines. Above-average temperatures. Three months in stainless steel. TA 6 g/l, pH 3. 
Very pale greenish straw. Easy and opulent nose. Very tight on the palate but crystalline acidity and massively clean and fresh.

  • 88p

Pale colour. Fresh rainwater, verbena, lime aromas with rose petal notes. Beautifully balanced wine with fresh lime, bitter lemon, grapefruit flavours, fine looseknit chalky textures, superb mid-palate buoyancy and long indelible yet quartz-like acidity. Intensely aromatic and generously flavoured with a really lovely core of pure fruit and clarity of line. A spectacular Eden Valley Riesling with geosmine-like energy and freshness. Will further develop with age. Drink to 2050.

97 points, Langton's (October 2018)

This is a 100% Eden Valley wine, and I expected a floral bouquet. However, this wine is about lime, lime, and lime. The wine is very dry, with good linearity and balanced acidity. The minerality on the back palate reminded me more of Clare than Eden Valley. This is a very fresh, modern Riesling (92 points).

  • 92p

Riesling, Eden Valley

Lime blossom, Greek yoghurt, green apple skins, shaved cucumber and sweet pea florals. Talcy palate, fine minerality. Lovely line and length. The acidity is bright; the palate is plush and ripe. A soft, full and desperately pleasurable Bin 51. Purity is the key here, and it wears its Eden Valley regionality on its sleeve.

12.0%, $40 RRP

94/100

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Magill, South Australia

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Inside Information

The Eden Valley is a cool and elevated sub-region of the Barossa situated in the Barossa Range to the east, overlooking the Barossa Valley. Low water availabilty, high altitude and strong winds make site selection in the region very important . The vineyeard soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock and are comprised mostly of red clay and sandy, silty loams interspersed with schistic gravels. The Eden Valley is renowned for its floral talc scented Rieslings and vibrant fruit pure Shiraz. Cool climate Chardonnay also performs well as does Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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