Posted: June 14, 2020
– By Peter Bourne
ENJOYING THE BEST OF THE EDEN VALLEY
A GROWING FORCE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIAN WINE
The Eden Valley Wine Region is renowned for its rieslings — brisk, aromatic and incredibly long-lived. However, there’s a growing awareness of the region’s finely-honed red wines — primarily shiraz with cabernet sauvignon shining in cooler years. And it’s these cooler conditions that set the Eden Valley apart from its lower and warmer neighbour, the Barossa Valley.
Elevation is the key to Eden Valley’s unique micro-climate with vineyards planted between 300-500+ metres. These higher altitudes bring somewhat cooler days, the moderating effects amplified by night time temperatures that drop dramatically. The cool mornings help slow the ripening process with picking in the Eden Valley often 2-3 weeks later than the lower (and therefore warmer) Barossa Valley floor.
The extended ripening allows the grapes to retain a good level of natural acidity, which gives the vitality to both the Eden Valley’s rieslings and its reds. The flavours are finer too, with red fruits dominating and gently persuasive tannins in marked contrast to the brash, black fruits and punchy tannins of the reds from the Barossa Valley.
Our warming climate has bought more reliable seasons to the Eden Valley with the move by costumers to more subtle food-friendly reds cementing the Eden Valley in the hearts of winelovers across the country.