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2018 Vickery Eden Valley Riesling
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- Cellar Drink Now - 8 years (2019-2027)
- ABV 12.7%
- Closure: Stelvin
John Vickery is a legend of the Australian wine industry and is widely acknowledged as the old master of Riesling. His illustrious career spans over 50 years at the likes of Leo Buring and Richmond Grove during which time he amassed more than 50 Trophies and over 400 gold medals. He was also responsible for the re-introduction of screw caps with his 1998 Richmond Grove Watervale Riesling. Vickery wines are made in collaboration with Philip Lehmann, son of Peter Lehmann.
Racy, structured and intensely flavoured, this is a standout Eden Valley Riesling.
Despite overall generally warmer conditions in 2018, Riesling proved to be the vintage highlight due to surprisingly high natural acidity. Brilliant water like colour with a distinctive greenish tinge around the outskirts. Powerful lemon and lime aromas dominate the nose with orange rind, talc and mineral notes also evident. Showing fantastic drive are racy lemon, lime and orange rind flavours that are just as intensely flavoured as the Watervale but more tightly structured. Elements of chalky talc and flinty mineral characters follow on. Crunchy acidity leads into a long lip smacking lemon, lime, subtle orange rind, chalky talc and mineral laden finish. Outstanding.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
This has a lifted flowery nose with fresh as well as dried floral nuances, a hint of lavender talcum powder. There really is a lovely array of aromatics here. The palate is likewise wonderfully floral, fragrant, open and accessible. An utterly delicious wine.