Foudre Ferment Riesling
The tale of our Foudre Ferment Riesling begins with the delayed reception of a 2500L French oak foudre crafted by Marc Grenier of Burgundy. It was installed in a central position in the winery and both Ben and Viv Thomson questioned its arrival, as there were already 'enough' large old casks in the winery.
Ben remembered he had approved its commission. Viv shook his head disapprovingly. The cask’s arrival coincided with the revelation of some beautiful honeyed juice that came from combining the Riesling of several different blocks. The foudre was put to use and filled with this juice, starting to warm slowly and ferment with wild yeasts. The first Riesling to be released from this process was the 2012 EVT 51 Riesling.
This resulting wine exhibited both the complexities of a barrel ferment and spontaneous fermentation without the overt oak flavour, due to the size of the foudre. In a blind tasting Viv picked the wine as his favourite of the vintage and was very surprised of its origin once revealed.
The Foudre Ferment Riesling is the successor of the well-received EVT 51.
The 2019 Foudre Ferment Riesling is a representation of another facet of Rieslings's charms. Displaying complex aromatic honeyed richness with texture and acidity to balance, it is the ideal accompaniment to stinky creamy cheese.
2019 Vintage: A warm, dry growing season meant that the vines ripened quickly and crops were lower than average. Sufficent water supply ensured the grape vines remained in good health and some February rain gave the vines a well-deserved drink and freshened them up before the grapes were harvested.
Huon Hooke Review, Sept 2018 - 2017 Foudre Ferment
Light to medium bright yellow colour. The bouquet has dried flowers and stone fruits, with apricot and peach hints, as well as a little toastiness starting up. And lavender. The wine is soft and open-knit, full and dry with middle-palate fruit sweetness and generous ripe flavour. It's starting to drink really well at 18 months of age. A very complex wine that takes Aussie Riesling to a new place. Rating: 95 points