Alongside names like Flaxman Wines, Karra Yerta and Dandelion Vineyards, Poonawatta Estate is among an emergent group of small makers showing off just how good Eden Valley riesling can be. The Eden is a single vineyard riesling sourced from low-yielding vines planted between 1972 and 1978, at a typically high elevation of 425 metres above sea level. Only 2816 bottles of the 2010 were made.
Defined by a youthful scent that's as tight as the lycra on a 50 year old cyclist (when cold; wine that is), Poonawatta's 2010 Riesling slowly opens to clean aromas of bath salts and blossoms, lifted and drawn into line by a high citric tone that may also reveal a hint of spice such is its nasal tickle. The palate speaks the crystal clear accents and limey extension typical of the region, expressed with pleasingly lean boundaries yet undoubtedly flavoursome insides, before its pure green apple flavours finish wonderfully long and limey, outlined by a beautifully measured wash of mouth-filling, chalky citric acids and a faint bitter aspect that may displease some, yet please others. On a hot summer's night, it's not the sort of wine you want to leave me alone with...
ü+ Limes? Check. Apples? Check. Clarity of flavour? Check. Length? Check. Chalky acids? Check. With exception of perfume, Poonawatta Estate's 2010 is a true Eden Valley riesling in every respect. Drink to 2018.