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Vickery Wines

Eden Valley Riesling

Eden Valley lies on the eastern border of the Barossa ranges in South Australia.

Sitting at between 400-600 metres above sea level, Eden Valley provides a long and slow ripening period, producing fruit with complex flavours and natural acidity.

RRP AU $23.00 | 2021

Vintages and Tasting notes
2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 
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Wine Press and Accolades

94 points - James Suckling – 07/06/2021

Has a fresh lemon and lime nose that carries beautifully spicy and fragrant character, as well as some white nectarine and white peach. This is packed with flavor and has an intensely rich palate. The acidity is pitched perfectly and there’s a lot of depth, too. Drink or hold.

95 points - James Halliday – 27/07/2020

EVR 703 MZ. A precise portrait of Eden Valley riesling achieved despite a torrid growing season, the downside the miserable size of the yield, the upside its floral lime/lemon aromas, the palate with marvellous juicy flavours framed by mouthwatering acidity.

91 points - Ken Gargett – 04/03/2020

Still very young. Notes of lemon, chalk, mineral and talcum powder. Some grapefruit notes on the palate. Finesse here. This is very fine, linear, quite piercing acidity. There is excellent length here but it really does need time. Lots of time. This has a great future and a case in the cellar would not only be very wise and bring great reward in a decade or more, but would make this look like a bargain on the scale of a few beads for Manhattan (or the swampy island or whatever it was).

94 points - Paul Ippolito – 10/02/2020

Vickery is a brand synonymous with high quality Riesling. Sourced from Eden Barossa Valley grapes, this has South Australian quality Riesling stamped all over it. It is classic Riesling from beginning to finish. Clear brilliant yellow strawUpfront fullsome nose, again classic. Musk, orange, lime and lemons abound. An orchard of good solid aromas, deep and fruit focused. Lively acidity supports the fruit, marrying well with it delivering a fresh crisp palate of lemons, limes, green herbs and musk – dry and lightly sweet on the finish, a bit of sweet and sour but in a very nice long smooth easy to drink way. All this augurs well for a long development in the future. Indeed it opened up like a beautiful flower in the glass, with me adding points by the swirl. And value drinking at this price point. Try it with wood fired cherry tomato and buffalo mozzarella pizza. Drink to 2029 plus. 94/100 – Excellent.

4.5/5 stars - John Lewis - Newcastle Herald – 01/01/2020

The Vickery 2019 Eden Valley Riesling is green-tinted straw and has orange blossom and bay leaf aromas. The front palate has crisp lime flavour, the middle palate nashi pear, lemon curd and mineral elements and the finish slatey acid.

95 points – James Halliday – 09/08/2019

EVR 903 MZ. From the Mason and Zander family vineyards, each with a number of blocks, each parcel vinified separately, cool-fermented and pressed with free-run and pressings held separately until blending and bottling. The lime and lemon fruit is purposeful, the palate lengthened by taut acidity.

91 points - James Suckling – 17/07/2019

A fruity and easy white with sliced-peach and stone aromas and flavours. Medium body. Crisp finish. Drink now.

95 points - Huon Hooke – 06/12/2018

This has a lifted flowery nose with fresh as well as dried floral nuances, a hint of lavender talcum powder. There really is a lovely array of aromatics here. The palate is likewise wonderfully floral, fragrant, open and accessible. An utterly delicious wine.

9/10 - Max Crus – Grape Expectations – 12/04/2018

If you’re hankering for a rose and don’t have one, Riesling is the next best thing, and this is one of the next best Rieslings.

95 points - Steven Creber – James Halliday Website – 14/12/2017

EVR 604 MZR. From the Zander, Mason and Riley Vineyards in Eden Valley. Parcels kept separate until the final blending and bottling. Made of slightly sterner stuff than its Watervale stable mate, but just as attractive as a young wine. Very pure aromas and flavours, the fruit sweetness harnessed by the gently firm acidity. Like many ’17 SA rieslings, excellent each-way drinking; highly enjoyable now and with great ageing potential.

93 points - Mike Bennie – WBM Magazine – 13/12/2017

Lovely drinking here. Bickford’s lime cordial scents with frangipani notes. Pretty as. The palate is juicy, cut with fine, tonic water-like feel, dart-shaped and long. There’s an approachability in youth that screams summer drinking. A finely wrought Riesling.

GOLD MEDAL – NZ International Wine Awards – 15/09/2017

92 points – Kim Brebach – BWU$20 – 14/09/2017

Very similar to the Rieslingfreak below – even though that one is from Clare – in the sense that the ripe lime fruit is aromatic, delicate and pretty. The wine lacks the tension, length and perfect balance of the glorious 2016. 92 points

92 points – Gary Walsh – The Wine Front – 14/09/2017

Ginger, ripe lemon and a bit of Granny’s handbag. Light in body, perfume and lemon barley, with a squeeze of lime, soft chalky texture, even acidity with a slight coarseness, and a pretty, and pretty long finish. Very nice. Needs a little more time in bottle to settle.

91 points – Huon Hooke – Hooked on Wine – 14/09/2017

Stunning light, bright green/yellow colour. The bouquet is spicy and redolent of lemon pith and grapefruit pith. Lots of nuances. The palate is soft and rounded, full and overt, seemingly more developed than other 2017 rieslings. On the down-side, it lacks a little in tension and length. A fuller style, generously flavoured.

90 Toni Paterson – The Real Review – 14/09/2017

Gentle and quiet on the nose, which is in contrast with the palate which is rounded and highly intense. Strong sweet-lemon flavours, with a generous middle and pleasing texture. Good value.

94 points Tony Keys – The Key Report – 01/03/2017

More green than gold, the nose needs working at but if persistent it appears as a mix of citrus led by lime, on the palate its stealth, it starts shy and slowly increases intensity as it travels, again it’s a young wine and will be better later in the year, Christmas will be about right also a long life ahead 94 points perhaps a couple more to come, don’t buy a bottle at $23 buy a case.

96 points – James Halliday – The Wine Companion Online – 14/10/2016

EVR 153 ZMR. From 15-17yo low yielding vines from the Zander, Mason and Riley Vineyards, each parcel fermented separately in stainless steel before final selection and blending. Gleaming straw-green; classic young Eden Valley riesling, its citrus aromas and flavours on the midpoint between lime and lemon, the acidity flowing calmly on in the wake of the fruit, purity the watchword

90 points – Huon Hooke – Hooked on Wine – 14/10/2016

Mid-yellow colour, forward for its age. The bouquet is rich and up-front, ripe and generous, with echoes of lemon butter and baked lemon pudding. The wine is full, ample and concentrated; it’s not a wine of delicacy or restraint, but accessible already and very giving. A very good, fuller-blown style which drinks well early. It could also surprise by cellaring well

Winsor Dobbin – Winsor’s Choice – 14/07/2016

There is no grape variety that offers better value for money in Australia than riesling; which particularly shines in the Clare and Eden valleys of South Australia. Phil Lehmann, talented son of the late Peter Lehmann, makes excellent examples in both regions under the Vickery label, which pays tribute to arguably Australia’s greatest-ever riesling maker, John Vickery, who is a consultant in the making of these wines, The 2016 releases are both excellent, but for me the Eden Valley wine just edged out the Watervale example, although it was a photo finish. It is slightly rounder, maybe a little more adult, while retaining the essential citrus and acid elements. Just lovely.

95 Points – Tony Love – Top 100 – 14/07/2016

Carrying the prestigious name of one of Australia’s most renowned riesling craftsmen, the now (almost) retired John Vickery who mentors winemaker Phil Lehmann in the creation of this and a companion Watervale version, this exudes the purest of lemon notes in zest, flesh and leaf, beautiful ripe from four family run vineyards and with exciting natural acidity in discreet balance. It’s a joyous aperitif

Max Allen – The Australian – 14/07/2016

John Vickery is to Australian wine what Don Bradman is to cricket: a bloody legend who set the standards by which all others are judged — except John’s still alive and still making wine, in conjunction with Phil Lehmann, son of another deadset legend, Peter Lehmann. Vickery’s forte is riesling: his Leo Buring wines of the 1960s and 70s defined the classic, pure, dry, long-lived Australian style. So when the young Lehmann coaxed Vickery out of retirement a couple of years ago to finally have a crack at producing some wine with his own name emblazoned on the label, what other variety could they have chosen but riesling? Echoing John’s great Leo Buring Leonay and Richmond Grove wines of old, only two Vickery wines are produced: a Watervale riesling from the Clare Valley and an Eden Valley riesling from the hills above the Barossa. The 2016 vintages of both have just been released and they’re gorgeous: the Watervale is pure lime-juicy refreshment, seriously more-ish, with lovely floral citrus blossom aromas leading on to a mouthful of crunchy white grapes; the Eden Valley is also beautifully pure, precise and focused, with a little less of the juicy grapes and more of the citrus cut. The good news is that these wines retail for $23 a bottle — closer to $20 or less if you shop around and buy by the case. And I suggest you think about doing just that: they are mouth-wateringly delicious now but you can be confident they will also age slowly and deliciously across the next 10, 15 even 20 years

94 points – Gary Walsh – The Wine Front – 14/07/2016

I can’t be dealing with typing the EVR 153 ZMR code into the title, even though I just typed it into the introduction. There’s enough cryptic stuff in the world already, what with the million passwords you need to get through life. Gosh, I’m starting to sound old…get off my lawn! Textbook Eden Valley Riesling. It’s mineral with a subtle lavender perfume, spice, grapefruit and lime. Clean and direct, pure acidity and visions of mineral water flowing over stones, if you take my meaning. The finish is clean, crunchy and very long.Beautiful wine. Dead set bargain. You could even twist my arm to rate it one point higher, maybe.

96++ points – Kim Brebach – BWU $20 – 07/07/2016

The wine has just been released, and hasn’t hit the shops yet. When it does, it will sell for less than $20. Regardless, this is a great Riesling, and I’ve been waiting for this trifecta: John Vickery, Phil Lehmann and a great Riesling vintage in SA. It’s a winner after the mixed blessings of 2014 and the heat of 2015, displaying the usual ripe limes and talc overtones but adding an almost creamy texture and a superfine acid backbone. All it needs is time – I reckon it will improve for 10 years or more. A classic from a great team.