Rendezvous with Riesling. (Repost)09:09:00
From the archives 'A Rendezvous with Riesling'...
We meet again and its great to have you back. I had a lovely response from you all last week so I thought it would be fitting to tell you about another variety that we have growing out at Tarzali.
Today will be dedicated to the original and very first variety that kicked it all off for us way back when, and that is Riesling.
To date we have been able to bring out a bottle of Riesling each year since 2005, except for 2011 unfortunately when the rain weather gods wreaked havoc here at Tarzali. Each and every year the vintage gives something a little bit different and something a little bit special from the previous year which makes growing this variety a lot of fun. The degrees of these subtleties are just that, very small but enough to get excited about what each new year and vintage will bring.
The paddock where the vineyard made its humble beginnings used to look like this.
And now it looks like this.
There are 43 rows of this variety growing which is 7 acres in all of just Riesling. Why Riesling you ask?
It just so happens that our winemaker at the time of planting the vines had a great passion for Riesling and it was he who initially planted the idea of this vineyard. David and Cameron were confident that with Johns' expertise and excellent wine making skills, that Riesling would be a great investment for the farm. Basically, John really knows how to do Riesling!
Im going to rewind here a little bit and share with you some interesting facts about John Ellis who was the wine maker at the time of planting the vineyard. It all intertwines perfectly with our own little vineyard at Tarzali.
Have you heard of Tisdall Winery from Echuca?
This was the very first winery where John was employed as a chief winemaker when it first began production in the early 1970's. At the time, it was one of the most reknown wineries in the country as they were the very first to produce a cool climate Chardonnay in Australia. Tisdall's grew this particular Chardonnay at a vineyard they owned not far from Tarzali Vineyard called Mt St Helens in the Strathbogie Ranges. This particular vineyard at the time was also one of the best in the country and just so happened to be famous for its Riesling. Unfortunetely the vineyard succumbed to an outbreak of Phylloxera, one of the worst things for a vineyard to suffer and that is why you probably have never really heard about it.
Another little fact you should know about John is that he worked under John Vickery who is considered to be the 'Father of Riesling'. I have really only found out these particular bits of information as I was researching for this post and I must say it really is amazing, particularly at how our little vineyard just doing its thing out there in the back paddock is connected to such respected and revered people and establishments in the industry.
Tarzali Riesling has all the qualities and characteristics you would expect to find in a classic Australian Riesling. It is crisp and dry and distinctive in style.
Tarzali Riesling ages beautifully and if you are inclined cellar your wines, a bottle of Tarzali will keep easily for up to 10 years.
Our wines have also won a few awards in recent years. In 2015, The Hanging Rock 'Tarzali' Riesling was awarded a Silver medal at The Hobart International Wine Show as well as Gold Medals at The Rutherglen Wine Show in 2010 and 2011.
We also have a dessert wine 'Yve' that is made from the very same Riesling grapes and is available for purchase.
The Riesling every year always produces a great harvest and plenty of grapes. Too many grapes you might say for what the market desires. The Riesling drinkers are still out there rest assured, however; we decided to spare some of the vines and graft them over to Shiraz to diversify our red range in the vineyard.
There is so much more information out there on Riesling and John Ellis' forte's as a winemaker. Below are only a few links if you are interested so you too can learn a little bit more for yourself.
Here is little article that I read over at Different Drop which helps to cement my enjoyment of drinking Riesling.
I also happily stumbled across The Wine Muse. This post on the blog about Riesling I especially liked. It explains a little about the flavour side to the wine and how easy it is to match with food. It also helps to appreciate just how versatile this wine is and that you can always find one to suit your particular taste be it dry, sweet or a dessert wine sweet.
If you like your tasting notes then do visit Hanging Rock here. This will help give you a good idea of what to expect from our Tarzali Riesling in a bit more detail. You will also find links about the crew* over at Hanging Rock and their many wine making achievements over the years.
Thanks for visiting today