Peggy’s Hill a pinnacle of riesling

Henschke senior winemaker Paul Hampton accepted the trophy.

Henschke senior winemaker Paul Hampton accepted the trophy.

Barossa wineries shone at last week’s National Wine Show of Australia in Canberra, with an Eden Valley riesling taking out the varietal’s coveted trophy.

After being awarded the top gold medal in the 2017 riesling class, the Henschke Peggy’s Hill Riesling 2017 was named best Riesling of show.

Henschke senior winemaker Paul Hampton said the gong was a “great win” for the Eden Valley wine region.

“After an incredibly comprehensive 2017 Eden Valley riesling tasting at FermentAsian earlier this month, it was clear that 2017 is a stunning vintage for all Eden Valley producers across the board,” he said.

“(Peggy’s Hill) shows pure citrus fruit, lime zest, and vibrant and evocative florals with succulent depth and focused acidity.”

The riesling takes its name from local landmark, Peggy’s Hill, at the top of the range between Eden Valley and Keyneton.

Mr Hampton said it was produced from selected Henschke Eden Valley growers, whose vines were up to 50 years old and growing in low-vigour ancient Cambrian soils at around 500m altitude.

“The wine displays exceptional varietal and regional characteristics as a result of working with this wonderful group of Eden Valley growers,” he said.

The riesling varietal received hearty praise from the National Wine Show judges.

“Riesling from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 vintages really shone with some lovely expressive wines of great length and purity, really impressing the judges,” chair of judges Jim Chatto said.