This case contains one bottle each of the following wines:Jim Barry Wines Lodge Hill Riesling, Clare Valley 2017
“Very pale colour, almost colourless, the aromas spicy and pepperminty, fresh and juvenile and faintly reductive. The palate is very young and a bit callow, but showing good intensity and purity of line. It's very delicate but has wonderful intensity and clarity of flavour, and finishes properly dry - but soft refinement. This needs a little time, and will richly repay even a year or two's cellaring.”
95 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review (16/09/2017)
"Light straw colour. The aroma is earthy and savoury with some dried undergrowth and foresty nuances. The palate is fruity and juicy, with a trace of sweetness balanced by fresh citrusy acidity. Lime and lemon flavours abound. Good flavour, intensity and length, balance and charm."
93 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review (17/9/2017)
"The first release from the 56yo vines. It has the precision, length and balance of the best of the Contours; crispy acidity lifts the finish and aftertaste. The drink to date 20 years hence is not fanciful."
95 points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion (1/10/2017)
"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, The Real Review (2/1/2018)
"They know how to turn out fine Eden Riesling at SOE.
Jasmine and vanilla perfume, lemon and lime, but delivered sotto voce, a certain mineral oil thing. It’s light, but full of flavour, with a juiciness and mouth-perfume, crunch of acidity and dusting of chalky texture, and a lovely grip and lime rind thing on the long, and very convincing finish. Beauty."
95 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front (Nov 2017)
"This 2017 release (and the Polish Hill) may be a little unrecognisable to stalwarts of the wines – I like the departure. The wines are more approachable, relaxed in the palate, still bustling with hallmark acidity, but delicate, in a way.
“A European harvest” quips Jeffrey Grosset. He’s insinuating that it rained a bit leading up to the vintage. Romantic. Certainly shows in acid profile, but without condescension. I loved the wines for drinking early.
Quite a delicate expression but not without drive, energy and velocity. It’s pretty in floral notes, lime-lime blossom scents, a touch of flinty mineral character. Quite succulent, just a kiss of flinty-chalkiness to texture, bristling with tangy acidity, long, fine, and elegant feeling. A little out of step for typical Springvale, but delightful in its way. Crackling mineral character throughout. Crystalline, classy riesling."
94 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front (August 2017)