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Henschke Julius Eden Valley Riesling 2007

Riesling from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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12.5% ABV
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12.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

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.

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JH 95
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.
W&S 92
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.
WS 90
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.
RP 90
Robert Parker's 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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Henschke, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
2007 Julius Eden Valley Riesling
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.

Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.

Riesling

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A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining easily identifiable typicity. This versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling, and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Riesling is best known in Germany and Alsace, and is also of great importance in Austria. The variety has also been particularly successful in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, New Zealand, Oregon, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes in New York.

In the Glass

Riesling is low in alcohol, with high acidity, steely minerality, and stone fruit, spice, citrus, and floral notes. At its ripest it leans towards juicy peach and nectarine, and pineapple, while in cooler climes it is more redolent of meyer lemon, lime, and green apple. With age, Riesling can become truly revelatory, developing unique, complex aromatics, often with a hint of gasoline.

Perfect Pairings

Riesling is very versatile, enjoying the company of sweet-fleshed fish like sole, most Asian food, especially Thai and Vietnamese (bottlings with some residual sugar and low alcohol are the perfect companions for dishes with substantial spice), and freshly shucked oysters. Sweeter styles work well with fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secret

It can be difficult to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling, and German labeling laws do not make things any easier. Look for the world “trocken” to indicate a dry wine, or “halbtrocken” or “feinherb” for off-dry. Some producers will include a helpful sweetness scale on the back label—happily, a growing trend.

CWW17973F_2007 Item# 97660

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