Why is this Wine so Yummy?
Fruit for the Eden Valley Riesling is sourced from two vineyards situated between Eden Valley and Flaxman’s Valley. One Riesling vineyard is owned by Michael Mason, situated approximately 3kms north-west of the Eden Valley township. The vineyard is planted on shallow grey sandy loam over shale rock soil, and situated 450m above sea level. The average yearly rainfall is 700mm. The other vineyard is owned by Ben Zander, who is a grower for many well known and regarded Eden Valley Rieslings. The Zander vineyard is situated in Flaxman’s Valley 500m above sea level, soils loam over light medium clay, with high quartz rock and gravel content. The vineyard has a rainfall of approximately 650mm per year.
Why we waited?
This baby needed time! Show judging is but a snapshot in time. Wines have to be called on face value at the time. This is when gems like Rieslingfreak’s wines can sometimes slip below the radar. A Gold medal a year ago may well have been 5 trophies today!
The passage of times does amazing things to wine, Riesling, is no different from any other variety. In fact I have a large stash of Riesling from around the world from my daughters’ birth years. Waiting for just an extra 12months will see this wine settle and give a little more of itself, wait another few years and it’ll be taken to the next level!
John’s RieslingFreak 2017 No. 3 Clare Valley Riesling won five major awards and trophies at the recent Royal Sydney Wine Show including Best Wine of the Show.
The wine quickly sold out, but fortunately John made seven rieslings from this vintage, from super dry to off dry/mildly sweet styles; there’s no better version to pose the question of premature release than the RieslingFreak 2017 No. 2 Polish Hill River Riesling ($35).
The Rieslingfreak No. 2 smacks of tart green apples with heaps of lemon juice squeezed over the top and has an extraordinary tingle on the tongue. But it might appear lean on flavour, and that acidity is going to hurt if you’re not used to the style, compared to more generous, user-friendly (when young) styles like the award-winning No. 3.
The battle, says, John, is a consumer perception that whites are designed to be drunk young, and there’s a lot of pressure to meet that demand as early as possible.
“The No. 2 can be consumed now, but I feel that at about 12 months of age will be where this wine really should be released and would be more appreciated,” John says. August 2017.