This Riesling comes from ground zero for fine Australian Riesling, the High Eden subregion.
Home to Mountadam and a handful of growers, High Eden is known for its hard, ancient rocky soils - a dry, cold part of the Barossa that produces achingly intense wines.
I'd not heard of Ben Murray though, and it turns out this label is a joint venture between Dan Eggleton, the ex-Creed Wines winemaker and Seguin Moreau oak salesman, and wine importer Craig Thompson.
Their Riesling is a stunning wine too - a wild fermented, whole-bunch-pressed and unfined beauty that flows with the delicious honeyed biscuity edges of a mature, dry Riesling, but backed by this unmissable slatey dry palate. Fully mature, yet with the structure to last for plenty of years yet, it's exactly what good aged Eden Valley Riesling should taste like.
Winery: Ben Murray Wines (we can't say BMW) is the partnership between one of my best mates, Dan Eggleton (middle name Ben), and me (middle name Murray). He makes it, I sell it.
Dan has done everything in the wine industry. Operations Manager, Winemaker, Oak Specialist, Recruiter and General Manager of a Wine Storage business and a Wine Services business. There would not be a person in Australia that has deeper background of the wine industry.
As a winemaker Dan has constantly evolved. Having travelled extensively to France and Italy for work Dan has been influenced by his learnings there and has been passionate about getting the wine to speak of the vineyard. He is using less oak and striving for greater elegance and drinkability.
We simply look to create quality wines with a distinctly Barossan fingerprint from the varieties that thrive in this golden valley- Shiraz, Grenache and Riesling.
Appearance: Honeyed, with a golden hue.
On the nose: Slate and chalk on the nose
On the palate: lime peel, mineral water and lemon curd defining the softening primary fruits. Age has been kind to this wine, with the dazzling acidity now playing second fiddle to the baked green apple and smokey/toast flavours of added maturity. Exceptional value, and easy to understand why this cellar release has become a darling of the Sydney wine-bar set.