Massena Stonegarden Riesling
Min. Quantity: 3
The Massena Stonegarden Riesling displays bright aromas and flavours of lime leaf, lemongrass and white blossoms that combine with lemon sherbet and lime curd. Flavours of Meyer lemon are shared with grapefruit and a lemon pith astringency, along with a textural element not always associated with Australian Riesling. The natural acidity gives verve and energy, whilst the slate stone minerality leaves you looking for another glass. A very good Riesling to enjoy as an aperitif or with grilled whiting.
Expert Reviews & Awards
"What makes this stand out is its texture. It has body not just racy acidity. Sure it has heady citrus blossom and ginger spice aromas but the palate cruises along with flavours of lime-curd and lemon tart. Fabulous." (On the 2019 vintage).
Halliday Wine Companion - August 2020 (JF).
Single vineyard wines from the distinguished Stonegarden vineyard in the Eden Valley. Cool fermented under 14 degrees in stainless steel tanks over several weeks followed by gentle pressing to produce 100% free run juice. A small proportion was barrel fermented in small oak casks to add extra texture and mouthfeel.
Cellar up to 10 years from release.
Massena was established in the Barossa Valley at the turn of the century by Jaysen Collins and Dan Standish. Growing up amongst the old vines of the Barossa inspired a collaboration in making wines of character, balance and a reflection of the sense of enjoyment in the whole winemaking process. The search for amazing vineyards continued year after year, which culminated in welcoming Stonegarden custodian Glen Monaghan into the Massena collective. Their wines are made with a view that each wine has a context. With food, with friends, for no reason whatsoever, they are there to be enjoyed.
Riesling Riesling can vary in style, from the dry and crisp through to sweet, honey-like dessert wines. Always intensely fruity and aromatic, this variety has found a home in a number of wine producing countries around the world. Not least, it produces some of Australia’s greatest wines Riesling’s homeland is Germany, with the Rhine and Mosel Valleys the most important. It is also found in Alsace, France where the style is more similar to that found in Australia. Riesling’s most noticeable characteristic is its naturally high acid which gives each wine a crispness and clarity of flavour. Alcohol levels tend to be low to moderate. Riesling has a remarkable ability to communicate terroir, with distinctive regional characteristics identifiable in the glass. Winemakers must take care to preserve and retain the natural fresh varietal characters of the fruit, as it is these that define the wine upon release. So maintaining primary fruit character and freshness during vinification is critically important. Dry riesling ranges in colour from pale straw to light yellow. With age, these wines take on deeper tones. Young dry rieslings typically exude fresh lemon and lime characters with fragrant floral notes of jasmine, honeysuckle and fresh citrus. With age these wines develop notes of toast, honey and brioche. Riesling wines age and evolve superbly due to their exceptional acid/fruit balance. You can enjoy Australian rieslings, fresh and young or aged and mature. Here are the different styles Fresh & Young drink now styles The rieslings produced in Australia are perfect for immediate enjoyment. These wines are bottled soon after vintage and rushed to the market. The wines show the appealing aromas of fresh, springtime and summer flowers, jasmine and lavender with a lime-fresh citrus twist. They are usually bone dry with refreshing, perky acid and the name of the game is freshness. What can be more enlivening than the bright, lifted aromas and tastes of a four month old Aussie riesling, framed by its own zesty acid? Most current release rieslings are now bottled under screwcap to ensure they retain their natural fruit freshness and deliver the wine to your glass as the winemaker intended. Aged and Mature styles While delicious in youth, these wines will also age in the bottle, sometimes for many years, even decades! Mature Australian rieslings will have shown all of the attractive vibrant aromatics in their youth, but also have enough structural backbone and complexity of flavour to support extended bottle aging. These wines get better as they evolve and take on a more intense colour. The bouquet becomes significantly more complex with distinctive lime characters and a toastiness, reminiscent of oak maturation. This toastiness develops even though the wines are not fermented or matured in oak.
About Eden Valley
The Eden Valley is located 80km north of Adelaide, bordering with the Barossa Valley in the west and the Adelaide Hills wine region in the south. The Eden Valley region sits within the Barossa zone and is known for producing exceptional Riesling wines. High quality Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are also produced in this region. The Eden Valley has a cool, continental climate.
Closure: Screw Cap
Wine Body: Light Bodied
Wine Sweetness: Dry
Organic / Vegan: Vegan
Non Alcoholic: No
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