2016 Mesh Eden Valley Riesling
High on the slopes of Eden Valley, bright yellow and blue buckets squat between rows of vines. Pickers pedantically divide Riesling grapes row by row – yellow, blue, yellow, blue, yellow, blue.
Overseeing the process, tasting the grapes, stand two of Australia’s best known Riesling makers.
Clare Valley’s Jeffrey Grosset and Eden Valley’s Robert Hill-Smith work together each vintage before taking their chosen grapes – Jeffrey’s in the blue buckets and Robert’s in the yellow - and parting ways to crush and ferment the fruit at different locations.
Debate follows, as the juice is assessed and the final, final, final blend is agreed upon. Each component, nearly identical at the start, undergoes a different conversion into wine, reflecting the personal differences of both men.
Vintage Conditions: The 2016 growing season followed a lovely dry winter and warm spring, giving the vines an early start with a good number of bunches being set. A warm December and mild January was also conducive to healthy vines and good flavour accumulation. The diurnal variation, so important to Eden Valley and Riesling, was higher than average throughout the growing and ripening season. This allowed the vines to rest each night, and retain the fine flavours and natural acidity that is evident in this wine.
Tasting Note: The wine is green and vibrant in appearance, with aromas of zesty lemon and grapefruit. An intense and generous palate, with lively citrus fruit and hints of talc. The wine finishes clean and dry with refreshing, long acidity. As is the case with all great Eden Valley Rieslings, mesh will age gracefully and reliably into a mature wine under the Stelvin closure.
Perfect with natural oysters, or a fresh rocket and pomegranate salad.
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
Eden Valley: South Australia’s Eden Valley, high in the eastern ranges surrounding the Barossa Valley, averages between 400 and 600 metres in altitude. Soils are rocky grey loam and have high acidity. Winter rainfall is abundant (typically 50% more than the Barossa Valley). Temperatures are up to two degrees cooler than the Barossa Valley and the growing season longer. Cooling breezes from the region’s gullies and hills ensure gradual ripening and maximum flavour development.
expert reviews about
2016 Mesh Eden Valley Riesling
Brilliantly pure and translucently intense, with an exuberant, heady bouquet of fresh lime juice, apple and pear lifted by scents of lavender and white flowers, with underlying chalky, mineral notes. Long and vibrant, with an essential presence of lime juice and lemon rind above a fine chalkiness, It's tightly wound around a fresh, focused acidity, finishing with beautiful shape and definition.2024-2030+The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Beautifully measured, balanced and focused, with a fragrance of white flowers, pear and apple backed by mineral suggestions of bathpowder. Long and racy, with pristine, concentrated flavours of lime, apple and white peach underpinned by a very fine chalkiness, it extends long and streamlined towards a tangy, charmingly balanced finish of bright-lit acidity.2023-2031The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Beautifully intense, focused and sculpted, this gentle Eden Valley riesling has a fresh lime juice, pear and apple scent lifted by a perfume of aromatic white flowers and backed by a hint of mineral. Fine and elegant, its juicy, pristine fruit is underpinned by a fine, dusty undercarriage, finishing with exceptional length, a powdery, sherbet-like lick of slate and taut, abrupt acidity.The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Fine long and surprisingly concentrated, with a slightly candied fragrance of white flowers, fresh apple, lime juice and lemon backed by suggestions of chalk and minerals. Underpinned by a slatey, bony texture, it's long, austere and citrusy, with a pleasing depth of vibrant fruit backed by slightly meaty and creamy nuances, finishing with bright acidity.Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Juicy, generous and floral, with a slightly candied and crystalline expression of lime juice and lemon backed by undertones of wet slate, chalk. It becomes a little syrupy and angular on the palate, and while it's generously and brightly lit with fruit and backed by a fine chalkiness, it does finish fractionally sweet-sour and edgy, lacking genuine focus and freshness.Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
An incredible riesling in the classically stylish and powdery Eden Valley style, with a purity of accent and simply exceptional delivery. There's something of the wild, mineral and exotic about its heady perfume of floral, citrus and stonefruit aromas. Long, tight and tangy, its clear lime juice palate builds towards a crescendo of flavour prior to a taut and mineral finish of wonderful length. Grand Cru stuff.Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006