The Eden Valley is in the higher, prettier country than the Barossa Valley, Its vineyards, planted up to 1,640ft (500m) but much more sporadically than on the valley floor, are scattered among rocky hills, dusty lanes, country estates, and eucalyptus groves. Historically, though, it is an eastern extension of the Barossa Valley. Captain Joseph Gilbert established the Pewsey Vale vineyard as early as I 847; the site now belongs to Yalumba of Angaston, the family company that has played such a large part in developing Eden Valley’s potential for Riesling.
When modern times called for table wines rather than the fortified dessert wines, it was Riesling, strangely enough, that Barossa did best With the Silesian settlers came a fondness for the grape, and growers found that the higher they went into the hills to the east, the finer and more crisply fruity I he wine been me. In the eaгlу 1960s, Colin Gramp (whose family owned Orlando until 1971) was inspired by a trip to Germany to devote a patch of schistous hilltop that a sheep would scarcely pause on to Riesling and called it Steingartcn, thereby giving Australian Riesling a new dimension and proving its longevity.
Eden Valley Riesling at its best has a floral, sometimes mineral, top note to it when young. Like the Clare Valley Riesling with which it is inevitably compared, it becomes increasingly toast у after lime in the bottle. Eden Valley Riesling loses its acidity faster and lends towards grapefruit whereas Clare Valley Riesling IS characterized more by piercing lime.
Riesling may be important, but Shiraz Is the regions leading grape, however, and Henschke grows some of Australia’s very best examples: Mount Kdelstonc, well up in the hills, and above all from the Hill of Grace vineyard originally planted in i860. The first single-vineyard bottling from the Shiraz vines grown on half of this historic, actually rather flat 19 acre (8ha) site was the 1956 vintage. Today, its price on release rivals that of the iconic, and notably more concentrated. South Australian blend Penfolds Grange. A new generation – Hobbs, Radford, Sliobbrook. Terzi Matthews, Tin Shed, and their like are demonstrating the finesse of which this high country is capable in single-vineyard wines, while many a wine labeled simply “Bavossa” (as opposed to “Barossa Valley”) owes its vivaciousness to the addition of Eden Valley component.
This map dovetails with the Barossa Valley map and induces an uncommonly high proportion of noted vineyards. with great red wires made n the north and great Riesling in the south. Steingarten. a stablemate of Jacob’s Creek is one of Australia’s most distinctive Rieslings.