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“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.” – 95 points, James Halliday 2019 Wine Companion
“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.” – 95 Points, Huon Hooke
Vickery Wines is the culmination of John Vickery’s half-century of winemaking experience, partnered alongside family friend and talented winemaker Phil Lehmann. Together they create Rieslings that showcase John’s extensive expertise with the most noble of white wine varieties.
It begins in the regions where John made his mark. Eden Valley in the Barossa and Watervale in the Clare Valley. It goes further into the sub-districts of these regions that John knows intimately, and partnering with growers who have the right vineyards in the right locations to produce the best possible fruit. Once fruit is picked at optimum ripeness, Phil and John employ the winemaking techniques that he has refined and perfected over time, to craft Rieslings that carry his signature style and fastidious quality standards.
The Vickery label is in effect, a time capsule for John’s wealth of winemaking knowledge. It allows his experience and winemaking techniques to be used without compromise, and then passed on to current and future generations of Riesling winemakers.
The Zander family have occupied their charming ‘Wroxton Grange’ property in Eden Valley since November 1920 – a strong lineage of farming and agriculture has led to fourth generation Ben Zander holding the reigns today. Along with the help of his father, Ian, Ben runs 250 hectares of mixed enterprise farming, 40ha of which are vineyards planted to high quality Riesling, Shiraz and Chardonnay.
The ‘Quarry Block’ was planted in the late 1970’s upon shallow sandy loam soil. The vines are planted at a north-west to south-east orientation across the top of a hill, and down the side with a north-east aspect. Due to the vine age and soil type this block has been consistently low yielding, producing fruit with intense flavour concentration and lively acidity.
The ‘Kosi Block’ is located 3km from their homestead, also in the Flaxmans Valley area of Eden Valley. Sitting at 500 metres above sea level these vines are planted to a combination of GM 110 and I10v14 selection Riesling. The cooler climate at this altitude is perfect for growing vibrant and long-living Rieslings; a trait Eden Valley is highly regarded for.
Eden Valley, South Australia
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