2012 Radford Quartz Garden Eden Valley Riesling
ViNEYARDS & HARVEST
The Radford vineyard is nestled high, in the Barossa Ranges (approximately 460m above sea level) at the heart of Eden Valley, South Australia. The Radford family own one of the oldest Riesling Vineyards in the Eden Valley area with vines dating back to 1930. The vineyards are set in mainly grey-brown duplex and yellow podzolic skeletal soils with many quartz ridges running through the property. All vines are planted on own roots and are hand pruned and handpicked. Our commitment to sustainable agriculture has led us to adopt a bio-dynamic approach to our vineyards.
The grapes are all handpicked into 350kg bins over a two day period to ensure optimum flavour ripeness, then whole bunch pressed - guaranteeing the cleanest and purest free run juice. The pressings are kept separate, assessed and appropriate fining is applied and then wild fermented in old French hogsheads. The free run juice is cold settled for 4 - 7 days, racked from solids and blended, then warmed to 15 degrees C and inoculated with a French strain of yeast and fermented at 12 - 14 degrees C for 3 - 4 weeks. This wine was then racked from heavy lees and left on light lees for 8 ½ months, after which we blend, bentonite fine and bottle.
Leading up to the growing season 2012 soil moisture was at an optimum, setting up the soil profile for fantastic viticultural growing conditions. The vineyards thrived which in turn led to near perfect fruit – reminiscent of the wonderful 2005 vintage. Beautiful clean fruit was harvested in ideal weather conditions making for a balmy autumn, quite unusual in Eden Valley at that time of year. Pristine grapefruit and sherbet acidity coupled with crunchy granny smith apple, create fabulous structure. The citrus profile on the palate - meyer lemon curd & jasmine are sublime!