Karra Yerta Riesling 2008 (Eden Valley, SA)
Screwcap, not yet released but 2007 vintage is $25
The picture below tells the story here – those lovely, gnarled, 75 yr old Riesling vines are located in one of the highest vineyards in the Flaxmans Valley, sitting high above the Barossa floor in an epicentre for Riesling in Australia: The Eden Valley. Hand tended, dry grown, hand picked (even hand labelled), its these pieces of vinous history that are what makes this very fine Riesling so very fine.
Green green in colour and youthfully bright. Lime, slate, lime cordial and just ripe peaches on the very expressive and open nose – the aromatics fairly leap out of the glass and seduce the room. Unsurprisingly, the soft and long palate follows the nose with a flow of limes, lime juice and general limey-ness. Deceptively soft acidity seals the deal.
I have come to two conclusions with this wine; Firstly, only 80 dozen where produced, and if the price stays the same, it may not last long(order it here); Secondly, I actually think this may never be more attractive – its so beautiful now that whilst the backbone will carry it through for many years yet, I think it deserves to be drunk young & delicious. 18.8