2018 Stonegarden Riesling 750ml
2018 Stonegarden Riesling 750ml
2018 Stonegarden Riesling
Grape Variety: 100% Riesling
Origin: Single vineyard wines from the distinguished Stonegarden vineyard in the Eden Valley, with old vine heritage and limited production. The wines produced from this special piece of history are something to behold, with Shiraz contributing to a Jimmy Watson Trophy winner. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Riesling while singing their respective varietal character, have a common vineyard thread of beautiful aromatics and subtle minerality.
Sub Region: Springton, Eden Valley
Winemaking: Cool fermented under 14 degrees in stainless steel tanks over several weeks, gentle pressing and 100% free run juice. A small proportion was barrel fermented in small oak casks to add extra texture and mouthfeel.
The Wine: Subtle lime leaf, lemongrass and white blossoms combine with lemon sherbet to give a bright and complex aroma. Flavours of Meyer lemon are shared with grapefruit and lemon pith astringency plus a textural element not always associated with Australian Riesling. The natural acidity gives verve and energy, whilst the slate stone minerality leaves you salivating for more..
Cellaring: Up to ten years.
Massena is one of my favourite Barossa producers, hands down. And they do well in reviews!
Here you go. Scintillating riesling that layers in detail, texture, freshness and interest. Far from cookie-cutter versions of the variety you get pot pourri,golden delicious apple, citrus notes, mineral whiffs mirrored in palate and bouquet. Sounds familiar, but it’s that flint and slate texture, an extra succulence, the faintest savouriness that elevates here.
Mike Bennie, www.winefront.com.au
An assertive nose with wild lime aromatics and a little spice. Full-flavoured and textural with good palate breadth. Strong lime flavours plus a little citrus curd. It is a wine of character made from a 1946 riesling vineyard. The wine benefits from decanting to open the fruit and harmonise the elements. Best with food.
Toni Patterson, therealreview.com
Stonegarden riesling from a stone-riddled vineyard. Planted 1946. 10% barrel fermented in neutral oak.
Textural riesling but with plenty of cut and drive. Lemon, grapefruit, mandarin peel and spice. It’s simultaneously powerful and reserved, in the way of young Eden Valley riesling. It’s good now but it feels as though it’s on the way to somewhere better.
Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au
1940s vines. Textural, powerful, persistent. Lime juice and crystals, talc and spice, mineral. A hint of orange blossom. A trace of fruit sweetness. It's pretty and it's purposeful, and it feels soft as it extends along your tongue. A treat of a wine.
James Halliday 2019 Wine Companion
The first vintage produced, Massena’s 2017 Stonegarden Riesling comes from an Eden Valley vineyard planted in 1947. It’s medium-bodied and dry, with lime, orange and tangerine notes a bit like a Creamsicle, finishing long and mouthwatering. Drink it young for the immediacy of youth, or let it acquire honeyed, marmalade and toast notes in five to eight years.
Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Sept 2018