Barossa Valley, Eden Valley
In a word, the 2016 growing season was dry! Rainfall was well below average through winter and spring and like 2015 there were many late season frosts – indeed at Avon Brae we had our latest frost in living memory on 12 December 2015. Again, like the two previous vintages, the region was devastated by a catastrophic bushfire – this time the Pinery fire burned 86,000 hectares of farming land adjacent to the Barossa from 25 November to 2 December and again the Eden Valley thankfully escaped unscathed which allowed us to lend a hand to our relatives at Freeling. December and early January were warm, but rains at the end of January and early March were god sent and along with milder weather we eventually realised ideal ripening conditions leading up to vintage.
Harvest started early with some of the Riesling on 26 February and this year the Grüner Veltliner was late, coinciding with the last of the reds coming off in early April. The yields were above average for the whites and below average for the reds, but high quality across all varieties. It seems that the Eden Valley is able to handle almost anything that nature throws it way, and still come out on top!
2016 was a cracking vintage in pace, yield, and above all quality and is likely to surpass the 2002 vintage in greatness.
2016 Eden Hall Cabernet Sauvignon tasting
The 2016 Eden Hall Springton Cabernet Sauvignon is deep crimson-red, with liquorice and mint on the nose. The palate is filled with ripe rich black fruit finishing with mouth-filling dusty tannins. An approachable drink-now interpretation of the noble Cabernet Sauvignon.
This Cabernet Sauvignon shows robust colour depth, and is driven by fresh aromas of black currant and liquorice.
The elegant aromas marry beautifully with sweet liquorice and dark chocolate flavours.
2016 Royal Queensland Wine Show
2016 Sydney Royal Wine Show
2016 Limestone Coast Wine Show
The calibre of this multi-award winning wine is immediately apparent by the lovely dense purple colour. Abundant fleshy fruit characters of mulberry and stewed plums fill the mouth whilst subtle oak tannins add length to the palate. This wine shows true characteristics of Merlot; it is soft round and elegant and will enhance any dining experience.
2015 Rutherglen Wine Show
2015 National Cool Climate Wine Show
2016 Limestone Coast Wine Show
2015 Australian Boutique Wine Makers Show
2015 Limestone Coast Wine Show
2015 Winewise Small Vignerons awards
2015 Cairns Wine Awards
2015 Royal Perth Wine Show
2016 Cairns Wine Show
A rich purple colour, with aromas of classic dark fruits, leading into a palate of black current, ripe cherries and a hint of spice.
A well rounded medium bodied wine, with nicely balanced tannins and a lingering finish.
This wine is made from select parcels of fruit from blocks four, five and six. Picked slightly earlier than average, the Cabernet Sauvignon had a Baume of 14.3, and the Merlot 14.7.
The wine has been aged for twelve months in a combination of French and Russian barriques.
This wine can be enjoyed now and will continue to develop in the bottle for many years.
2017 Limestone Coast Wine Show
2017 Cairns Wine Show Awards
2017 International Cool Climate Wine Show
2017 National Cool Climate Wine Show