Tapanappa Eden Valley 2022 Riesling

The colour of the 2022 Tapanappa Eden Valley Riesling is pale green-yellow. Typical of Eden Valley Riesling, the 2022 Tapanappa Riesling is jasmine floral with a hint of anise. The bath-powder aroma also has an edge of delicate tea rose.

The palate weight is fine and delicate and despite the late picking, almost austere, with a slight talcum dryness and a mouth-watering acid finish.

Tapanappa 2022 Eden Valley Riesling is reflection of the Riesling variety grown in a perfectly suited terroir of a “distinguished site” vineyard.

Vintage Notes

Tapanappa’s central philosophy is to grow wines reflective of the unique terroirs of its own selected “distinguished sites”.

Tapanappa’s Eden Valley Riesling is an exception to its “own vineyard” philosophy. The Riesling grapes are grown in the Eden Valley vineyard of the Bartholomeus family, a vineyard identified for its superior quality by Con Moshos while he was working at Mount Adam in High Eden from 2005 until 2014.

It is also a return to roots for me, as the last wine I made from Eden Valley was the famous 1975 Hardy’s Siegersdorf Riesling.

Con makes this wine, applying the fastidious techniques we refined at Petaluma together over the nearly 3 decades until 2005.

2022 vintage in Eden Valley was nearly perfect as elsewhere, being cool and dry after textbook growing conditions.The Bartholomeus Vineyard yielded a small and beautifully mature crop of late picked Riesling grapes on the 30th of March.

2022 ranks as one of the coolest vintages of this century so far and the 2022 Tapanappa Riesling has the floral intensity and acid finish expected.

Winemaking Notes

The hand-picked Riesling grapes were delivered to the Tapanappa Winery in the Piccadilly Valley. There they were destemmed, roller crushed and chilled to 2C on the way to the Willmes airbag press. Some of the separated stalks were added back to the cold must in the press to assist rapid juice draining.

The drained cold free run juice was augmented by the first light pressing fraction and allowed to settle in tank to achieve juice clarity.

After an extended settling the clear Riesling juice was racked and warmed to fermentation tank to undergo a three-month cool fermentation with one of Tapanappa’s selected yeast strains. At the finish of fermentation, the dry wine was chilled to -2C, to settle the yeast and cold stabilise the wine.

After a month of settling the clear wine was racked and carefully bottled to preserve the delicate aromas and flavours of the special Riesling variety.

In-bottle analysis:

pH 3.03

Total Acid 7.04 g/L

Alcohol 12.7 %

Residual Sugar 2.7g/l

Winemaker CON MOSHOS

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