Mesh Eden Valley Riesling
From three vineyards high on the slopes of Eden Valley, pickers pedantically divide Riesling grapes row by row. Clare Valley’s Jeffrey Grosset and Eden Valley’s Robert Hill Smith oversee the whole process before taking their chosen half of harvest, parting ways and interpreting the fruit as they each see fit.
Each element of the split harvest begins as nearly identical – save for the fruit selected after vine tasting from Jeffrey and Robert – but are made according to the two makers respective philosophies. After that, and much debate, both efforts are blended to showcase a subline Eden Valley Riesling.
What the makers say
‘I'm convinced that we have been able to achieve more in quality terms by working together and sharing our knowledge. The chance to contribute to the reputation of the region and the variety is very exciting and the fact that Robert and I share a passion for Riesling is, for me, what makes this project so special’
Jeffrey Grosset, Grosset Wines
‘This single word represents so much of the philosophy behind the wine – the weaving together of ideas & the combining of skills and knowledge.’
Robert Hill Smith, Yalumba
Very light, bright colour with a similarly bright, fresh, pristine, powder puff, talcy, floral bouquet. It's very soft and fruity in the mouth, clean and dry but with exaggerated floral aspects. It's almost overpowering in its aromatics. Intense, tight palate. I'm sure some ageing will yield major rewards.
94 points, Huon Hooke (January 2018)
Gorgeous lemony flavours with excellent line and drive. Great purity and expression with the flavour building in the glass over time. Perfect with or without food. Take care not to over-chill.
93 points, Toni Paterson MW (July 2018)
Very attractive lemons, bath powdery notes, talc perfume and some fresh-cut grassy nuances. The palate has a sleek array of tangy lime and lemon flavors, as well as sherbet-like sizzling acidity.
93 points, Nick Stock (August 2018)
A leaner, juicier expression of riesling, limey, minerally, fresh feeling though a sense of ‘wateriness’ also plays a part in this wine. Great perfume does introduce the wine well and offers lime, lime blossom, wet slate and steely aromas. The ease of drinking is all here in this wine, but perhaps tension and extension of flavour, or velocity, is missing a touch. That being said, it’s a nice drinking experience.
90 points, Mike Bennie (December 2017)