The wine has delicate floral citrus notes on the nose. Lemon, lime and hints of passion fruit are all here in abundance. The palate is focussed, pure and intense with a delicious juicy lime fruit finish. Elegant and intense with a touch of minerality.
Handpicked early in the morning, the fruit was delivered cool to the winery. Gentle pressing to minimise phenolics and cold settling preceeded a long, cool fermentation averaging 14 ° C. After a short fermentation the wine was bottled soon after to retain freshness and vivacity.
The 2007 vintage provided excellent aromatic fruit with an intensity of flavour and minerality which Riesling is renowned for.
Review by: Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury
Review by: John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph
Review by: Canberra International Riesling Challenge
Review by: Debbie Southern, Sunshine Coast Daily
Review by: Christopher Hayes, Eat and Drink
Review by: Dave Ellis, Epoch Times
Tim Smith must have wondered if he’d crossed a black cat en route to his first vintage as chief winemaker at Chateau Tanunda in
After a highly-respected career with Yalumba, St Hallett and Tatachilla, and stints making wine in
First, it was the Barossa’s lowest ever cropping vintage and second, it was the earliest harvest in living memory, all brought about by severe frosts in October 2006. Then came drought and finally rain pre harvest at a time when the Barossa is normally dry.
The result was that the few crops on the 80-year vines suddenly ripened and had to be harvested three weeks early and while some offered up as little as a 20th of their normal weight in fruit, careful bunch selection achieved fruit of exceptional flavour.
And remarkably, Tim’s first wine from the vintage – his 2007 The Chateau Riesling – is looking like being credited as something of a benchmark Riesling in the Valley.
It has beautifully abundant lemon and lime aromas with hints of passionfruit and on the palate a wonderfully juicy lime fruit finish with a crispy touch of minerality.
At $18, it’s a ripper to enjoy with seafood, but with its clean, natural acid, it’ll also go down well with lightly spicy Thai green chicken or even sweet and sour pork.
Review by: Winestate
Review by: David Sly, SA LIFE
While his own garage label has become one of the cult hits of the Barossa, Winemaker Tim Smith has also taken a formal job at Château Tanunda, working with fruit styles far beyond what his own small operation can source. A significant aspect of this is old vine Riesling from the Barossa and Eden valleys, which allowed Tim to present a different take on Barossa Riesling in his first wine made for Château Tanunda. Its rich citrus blossom aroma complements fleshy lemon and rich lime juice flavours, giving the palate considerable weight, with enough natural acidity to ensure length and persistence.
Review by: James Halliday, Wine Companion