Eden Valley wine region
Eden Valley is a higher, cooler, eastward extension of the Barossa region, and indeed can be labelled “Barossa” (though not “Barossa Valley”, which is more narrowly defined). It was planted almost as early, in the mid-19th century, and with largely the same grapes: Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro (Mourvèdre) for the reds; Riesling and Semillon for the whites. Shiraz and Riesling are still the most important varieties today, with more recent introductions Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay close behind.
When tastes turned away from fortified dessert wines, it was Riesling that really shone here. It’s still regarded as one of the two prime regions for Aussie Riesling today, producing more floral-scented and grapefruit-flavoured wines than the piercingly limey ones from Clare Valley.
Riesling tends to occupy the higher sites (up to 500 metres) but there’s rather more Shiraz planted at all altitudes, producing wines that are generally more elegant than in the Barossa Valley. High in the northern Eden lies the most celebrated Shiraz vineyard of them all, Henschke’s Hill of Grace, still containing many of the original ungrafted vines planted in 1860.
Towards the west lies a sub-region, the High Eden, whose altitude (around 500 metres), low rainfall and poor, low-yielding soils produce especially concentrated wines. Mountadam and Pewsey Vale are notable producers.
Decanting Club wines from: Eden Valley
Berton Vineyard, High Eden Cabernet Sauvignon
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