Schild have an interesting philosophy with this Riesling. Rather then reaching up into the Eden Valley for fruit, they planted their vineyard at one of the cooler parts of the actual Barossa Valley, creating a wine that tastes like Eden Valley but with a price more like the Barossa floor (where Riesling is cheap and cheerful). We're definitely not complaining about that!
A mild, and at times cool December and January saw ideal conditions prevail towards the end of the 2016 growing season. The result was a measured pace of ripening which ensured the balanced development of sugar and flavours in the fruit along with the retention of natural grape acid. A particularly strong Riesling year.
Eyes: Pale lemon, green.
Nose: Aromas of lemon, lime powder-puff sherbet and a slight mineral hint are supported by some subtle floral notes.
Mouth: A delicate, almost "pretty" mouth feel with those ever present flavours of lemon, lime citrus showing prominently on the palate. These are accompanied by supporting flavours of mineral bath salts and a slight spice presence. The wine finishes clean, long and balanced.
Winemaking Notes: Ed Schild purchased the Tweedies Gully vineyard in 1977, noting that with its westerly aspect, high altitude and sandy loam soils, the vineyard was a perfect fit for premium Riesling production.
Taking advantage of the cooling afternoon gully winds, particularly in the summer, the vineyard whilst located on the Barossa Valley side of the line shows a number of characters more akin to its close neighbour, Eden Valley.
A single vineyard expression of this variety and now such an important part of the Schild stable, we can’t imagine life before we made Riesling from this unique patch of Barossa dirt.