2016 Thorn-Clarke "Eden Trail" Riesling Eden Valley

SKU #1351477 95 points James Halliday

 Quartz-white; a wine born to rise to the very top, its finesse, purity and balance the foundations for its slow, long-term development. The balance is the outcome of the citrus/apple fruit and its finely etched acidity.  (8/2017)

91 points James Suckling

 Green-hued straw. High-pitched aromas of grapefruit, pear skin, lemongrass and honeysuckle carry a vibrant mineral overtone. Nervy and linear on the palate, offering juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors that deepen steadily through the midpalate. Shows emphatic mineral character on the incisive, impressively long finish, which leaves behind zesty citrus fruit and floral notes. (JR)  (10/2017)

91 points Vinous

 Green-hued straw. High-pitched aromas of grapefruit, pear skin, lemongrass and honeysuckle carry a vibrant mineral overtone. Nervy and linear on the palate, offering juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors that deepen steadily through the midpalate. Shows emphatic mineral character on the incisive, impressively long finish, which leaves behind zesty citrus fruit and floral notes. (JR)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

Picked during the cool of night. An intentional minimalistic approach to winemaking to ensure the vineyard character sings. Free run juice, fermented cool, minimal fining and filtration. Fragrant spring blossoms with a hint of citrus peel lead into a delicate precise, mouth watering palate. Crunchy green apples and lovely minerality have the tastebuds salivating and screaming out for more.

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Staff Image By: Brian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2018 | Send Email
This is certainly my #1 most riveting wine of the quarter! A grippy, racy, mineral-driven dry Riesling that reminds you why this noble grape has the chameleon-like adaptability to adapt based on region and the pedigree to express greatness in unique terroir. Eden Valley is also a very special place on earth and the polar opposite to its neighbor Barossa on the other side of the mountains. The steep slopes of Mount Crawford are some of the coldest recorded spots in South Australia most days. The cooler climate provides optimum conditions for long, slow ripening of the grapes to retain bright acidity and developing complex flavors on the vine and tremendous aging potential. A mix of granite and pink quartz under thin soils delivers distinct mineral character all the way to the glass. A stunning wine well under $20!

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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Eden Valley