Smalltown Vineyards Rag & Bone Riesling, Eden Valley - Boutinot International
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Smalltown Vineyards Rag & Bone Riesling, Eden Valley 2021

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Smalltown Vineyards

The rationale behind this label is a quirky one! Our product manager found out that due to the tiny production of a particular wine, half the vineyard fruit was to be discarded....so he stepped in to say we would be interested to play with this other half given the quality of the wine over previous years. This lead to thinking about up-cycling the near-discarded, how one man’s trash is another man’s treasure etc and whilst humming over a potential moniker for the wine, God’s honest truth, a rag & bone van parked up outside his house calling for any old iron etc. Albeit a man in a white van, rather than horse & cart, the name stuck. The label reflects a collection of discarded items which together make up an eclectic assortment greater than the sum of its parts.

Meet the producer

Smalltown Vineyards express many of the Barossa’s prized districts form Gomersal, Kalimna as well as the Eden Valley...

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Production

Eden Valley Riesling is prized for its vibrancy, purity and longevity and has produced many of Australia’s greatest Rieslings. The fruit for Rag & Bone is sourced from a single vineyard, high up on the Eastern side of Eden Valley. Warm days and cool nights ensure that the grapes develop ripe, intense fruit flavours whilst retaining appealing zing and acidity. The fruit was delivered to the winery immediately after harvesting in the cool hours of the morning, then processed very gently through our tank press. The juice was cold settled and 3 days later the clear juice was transferred into fermentation tanks. Bottling took place in early August.

Tasting notes

The nose classically expresses the vineyard... it's like a fresh lime crushed gently over minerals... literally lime on the rocks. The palate is bright and zingy, singing with natural acidity and vibrant citrus and floral characters. Lovely delicacy and purity of fruit lifted and a crisp, bracing finish, an outstanding example of cool climate Aussie Riesling.

Food match

Well suited to seafood dishes, spicy cuisine and anytime in the company of those who enjoy a quality riesling! Try chilli prawns, green thai curry, fish and chicken laksa (with chilli, coconut, ginger and lime).

Awards

2019 Vintage

IWC 2020

Silver

Sommelier Wine Awards 2020

Silver

2018 Vintage

Sommelier Wine Awards 2019

Silver

The Wine Merchant Top 100 2019

Top 100

2017 Vintage

IWC 2018

Silver

2016 Vintage

IWC 2017

Gold

2015 Vintage

IWSC 2016

Silver

Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

Bronze

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