2017 Eden Trail Riesling
Pale straw with quartz highlights. This finely structured wine shows delicate lemon and lime flavours with mineral and floral notes. The palate is crisp and well balanced with a fine line of acidity and classic Riesling length. This wine is drinking beautifully now but will age elegantly for many years.
Picked during the cool of night. An intentional minimalistic approach to the winemaking process to ensure the vineyard character sings. Free run juice, fermented cool , minimal ﬁning and ﬁltration.
An above average wet spring and cooler than average summer temperatures led to a later start to picking than normal. This combined with a long and mild ripening period meant that our fruit developed to a beautiful level of maturity on the vine. This has led to outstanding flavours and elegant, expressive wines.
Silver at 2018 Melbourne International Wine Challenge
Gold at 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Bronze at 2017 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2017 New Zealand International Wine Show
Bronze at 2017 Perth Royal Wine Show
92 Points - James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2019
Picked at night, cool ferment, minimalistic winemaking employed. Expression of the vineyard, primarily, is being sought. To that end it's right on the money. Citrus, typically, calls the shots on the bouquet and palate, and the aromas and flavours have the underlying slatey minerality so characteristic of Eden Valley. The subtle fragrance and soft, persistent acidity of the vintage is a feature. Attractive now, but plenty of ageing potential as well of course.
92 Points - Tyson Stelzer, The Barossa Mag, December 2017
Pete Kelly brings considerable Riesling mastery to Thorn-Clarke from his tenure at Peter Lehmann, and his new creation unites the enduring cut of Eden Valley acidity with the presence of a long, slow ripening season. The result is hands-down one of the longest lived white wines you'll find anywhere at this price.
92 Points - Campbell Mattinson, Winefront
Thorn Clarke puts out a Sandpiper Riesling at $20 and an Eden Trail Riesling at $24, strangely enough. This is the latter. The Sandpiper is buoyant and accessible; this is sterner, straighter, more serious. It’s a slatey riesling. It draws long. Citrus and florals of course but that slatey, almost smoky length characterises it.
90 Points - Bob Campbell MW
Dry, juicy Riesling with lime, floral and white rose flavours. The wine is crisp and refreshing, with an ethereal texture and moderately lengthy finish. Accessible now but no rush. Offers value at this price.
18 Points - Raymond Chan, November 2017
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues on the rim. This has an elegant nose with soft and delicate aromas of lime fruit melded with white florals and subtle nuances of fresh herbs, mouthwatering minerals and saline nuances. The aromatics are presented with delicacy and finesse. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is delicate with soft flavours of limes and lemons entwined with white florals, subtle mineral notes and saline suggestions. The palate has a moderately concentrated core balanced by crisp, zesty acidity. Nuances of honeysuckle emerge and the wine carries to a dry, lingering finish with exotic florals. This is a delicate and elegant dry Riesling with fine citrus and mineral flavours, and subtle honied and exotic floral detail. Serve as an aperitif, and with Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine over the next 4-5 years.
95 Points - Decanter Magazine, April 2018
Aromatically very fresh and youthful, unravelling with nice weight on the palate. It is still elemental but finely textured with an apple and citrus fruit quality and a dry, clean finish. Classic and great value.