Henschke Julius Eden Valley Riesling 2007
Riesling from Barossa Valley, Australia
Pale green gold in color. The nose is lifted and intense with sweet fragrant florals, zesty limes/lemons, white currants and mineral notes. The crisp palate shows rich intense citrus flavors, good acidity and length.
Australian Wine Companion - "Has the Henschke riesling stamp on both bouquet and palate; tighter and more intense than the Lenswood; similar generosity to the regional lime juice flavours. "
Wine & Spirits - "Julius is one of the top Rieslings from the Clare and Eden hills. In 2007, between the drought of the previous year and spring frosts, yields were down nearly 50 percent. An early harvest brought this riesling in with fully mature flavors and impressive density. The fragrance runs from Rainier cherry to lime, while the flavors tighten around an earthy, forest freshness. It's a potent young wine, clean, mouthwatering and lasting in its flavor. Cellar this at least six years from the vintage, then those flavors will begin to evolve."
International Wine Cellar - "Green-hued straw color. Nervy lime and pink grapefruit aromas are given depth by pear and melon qualities. Lively and focused, offering bracing citrus and mineral flavors and a late note of succulent herbs. Emphatically dry on the finish, which leaves a complex array of citrus, floral and herb notes behind. I'd put this away for at least five years to let it unfold and gain depth. Very promising stuff. "
Wine Spectator - "Bright and refreshing, this classy wine delivers a lively mouthful of greengage plum, gooseberry and lime flavors that glide gently through the dry, refined finish. Drink now through 2013."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Julius Riesling is medium straw-colored with an enticing perfume of floral notes, citrus, and a hint of petrol. Medium-bodied, intense, and vibrant, this well-balanced Riesling should evolve for several years and drink well through 2017. "
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The Henschke family have been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard at Keyneton in Eden Valley in 1862. Cyril Henschke pioneered varietal and single-vineyard wines, including the world-famous Shiraz wines, Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone in the 1950s. Fifth-generation Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue are one of the most lauded winemaking teams in the world, and international awards recognize the complementary nature of their roles, Stephen as winemaker and Prue as viticulturist. To protect their vineyards for future generations they have implemented an inspiring nursery program to preserve the genetic heritage of their oldest pre-phylloxera vines as well as continuing to lead the way with organic and biodynamic principals to enrich their land. View all Henschke Wines
About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley proper. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
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Fruity & Smooth
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- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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