The Château Riesling 2007
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Tasting Notes

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.

Winemaking

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.

Vinification

The 2007 vintage provided excellent aromatic fruit with an intensity of flavour and minerality which Riesling is renowned for.

Reviews
One of the jewels in South Australia
Review by: Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury
Chateau Tanunda, in the Barossa valley, is one of the jewels in South Australia's tourism crown. Crafted by Tim Smith this is a fresh and lively Riesling with aromatic citrus lemon and lime on the nose and palate, a nicely balanced acidic backbone and crisp, dry finish. Drink it with fresh seafood.
Tim Smith's debut release is all class
Review by: John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph
Tim Smith’s debut release from the Barossa Valley’s iconic winery Château Tanunda is all class, exhibiting tantalising lemon flavours and crisp acidity.
Bronze Medal
Review by: Canberra International Riesling Challenge
Just the drop - Highlife, Style Magazine
Review by: Debbie Southern, Sunshine Coast Daily
This is winemaker Tim Smith’s first release, having taken over the duties at this Barossa Valley winery earlier in the year. It’s peachy on the nose, with lemon, lime and hints of passionfruit. The palate is juicy with a nice mineral backbone.
New Release 2007
Review by: Christopher Hayes, Eat and Drink

Not technically Eden Valley as some of the grapes come from old vines at the Chateau itself. There are some odd wines from 2007 but, even with Barossa Valley fruit, the flavours here are quite refined if a little aromatically intense. Lots of lime blossom and hints of spice make an attractive nose, while the palate shows a minor backbone and good acidity to balance the intense fruit. It may not be the longest cellar proposition but it's a lovely drink now.

Epoch Times International
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 South Australia’s Barossa Valley.

After a highly-respected career with Yalumba, St Hallett and Tatachilla, and stints making wine in Portugal and France, Tim arrived at Chateau Tanunda earlier this year. It wasn’t at all what he’d hoped for in terms of a great vintage for his first wines under the company’s label.

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.

***½ Stars
Review by: Winestate
SA LIFE - The best of Adelaide and S.A.
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.

89 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Wine Companion
The Chateau Barossa Valley Riesling 2007 Flowery, ripe fruit aromas; a mix of tropical and citrus on the palate; good early-drinking style. Screwcap 13.5° alc. RATING 89 DRINK 2011 DATE TASTED Mar 08

 

Currently not available for purchase.
Other Vintages
2008 |  2009 |  2010 |  2011 |  2012 |  2013 |  2014 | 
WINEMAKER
Tim Smith
GRAPE VARIETY
100% Riesling
GROWING REGION
Barossa Valley
DATE BOTTLED
July 2007
% ALCOHOL
13.5 %
RESIDUAL SUGAR
N/A
ACIDITY
N/A
pH
N/A
MATURATION
Stainless steel
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2007 Riesling
Sold Out
Tasting Notes

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.

Winemaking

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.

Vinification

The 2007 vintage provided excellent aromatic fruit with an intensity of flavour and minerality which Riesling is renowned for.

Reviews
One of the jewels in South Australia
Review by: Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury
Chateau Tanunda, in the Barossa valley, is one of the jewels in South Australia's tourism crown. Crafted by Tim Smith this is a fresh and lively Riesling with aromatic citrus lemon and lime on the nose and palate, a nicely balanced acidic backbone and crisp, dry finish. Drink it with fresh seafood.

Tim Smith's debut release is all class
Review by: John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph
Tim Smith’s debut release from the Barossa Valley’s iconic winery Château Tanunda is all class, exhibiting tantalising lemon flavours and crisp acidity.

Bronze Medal

Score: Bronze - 49 Points
Review by: Canberra International Riesling Challenge

Just the drop - Highlife, Style Magazine
Review by: Debbie Southern, Sunshine Coast Daily
This is winemaker Tim Smith’s first release, having taken over the duties at this Barossa Valley winery earlier in the year. It’s peachy on the nose, with lemon, lime and hints of passionfruit. The palate is juicy with a nice mineral backbone.

New Release 2007
Review by: Christopher Hayes, Eat and Drink

Not technically Eden Valley as some of the grapes come from old vines at the Chateau itself. There are some odd wines from 2007 but, even with Barossa Valley fruit, the flavours here are quite refined if a little aromatically intense. Lots of lime blossom and hints of spice make an attractive nose, while the palate shows a minor backbone and good acidity to balance the intense fruit. It may not be the longest cellar proposition but it's a lovely drink now.

Epoch Times International
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 South Australia’s Barossa Valley.

After a highly-respected career with Yalumba, St Hallett and Tatachilla, and stints making wine in Portugal and France, Tim arrived at Chateau Tanunda earlier this year. It wasn’t at all what he’d hoped for in terms of a great vintage for his first wines under the company’s label.

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.

***½ Stars

Score: Stars
Review by: Winestate

SA LIFE - The best of Adelaide and S.A.
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.

89 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Wine Companion
The Chateau Barossa Valley Riesling 2007 Flowery, ripe fruit aromas; a mix of tropical and citrus on the palate; good early-drinking style. Screwcap 13.5° alc. RATING 89 DRINK 2011 DATE TASTED Mar 08

 

Currently not available for purchase.
Other Vintages
2008 |  2009 |  2010 |  2011 |  2012 |  2013 |  2014 | 
WINEMAKER
Tim Smith
GRAPE VARIETY
100% Riesling
GROWING REGION
Barossa Valley
DATE BOTTLED
July 2007
% ALCOHOL
13.5 %
RESIDUAL SUGAR
N/A
ACIDITY
N/A
pH
N/A
MATURATION
Stainless steel
HI-RES PHOTO
Click here to download.

 

 

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