Poonawatta Estate, the cornerstone of which is The 1880 Shiraz, produced from 8 of a hectare (two acres) of original vines planted in 1880. To the best of their knowledge the 7th oldest Shiraz vineyard in Australia, and the 2nd oldest in Eden Valley after Henschke’s Hill of Grace. This small vineyard consisting of 912 weathered vines produces low yields of premium fruit for their flagship wine. With around 2000 bottles produced each vintage.
The Eden Riesling is produced from a single vineyard planted by in 1972. Using only free run juice The Eden displays the purity of the Riesling variety and a true expression of site and region.
While the 2019 volume is down there is no loss of flavour - it is a powerhouse of fresh citrus, with a lemon-lime bouquet and hints of apple blossom and sage. The vibrant palate is awash with citrus- lime and Meyer lemon, granny smith apple with the slatey acidity driving a long finish.
Altitude: 430 to 445 metres ASL.
Aspect: North Easterly exposure on a medium slope..
Soil: Predominantly thin sandy loam over seams of gravel and rock..
Vineyard size: 2 hectares (5 acres), 3.6 metre rows, 1.8 metre vine spacing..
Harvest: Ranges from early March to mid April..
Ferment: 100% free run juice; cold settled then slow ferment ranging from 21 to 24 days..
Bottling: Cold stabilised; bottled 6 to 8 weeks after harvest..
Closure: Screw cap
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