Our Wines

Our Wines

We are proud to make a collection of wines that showcase the style and diversity of our wonderful region.

 

Estate Range  |  Regional Series  | Barossa Range  | Museum Releases

Our Wines

We are proud to make a collection of wines that showcase the style and diversity of our wonderful region.

 

– Estate Range 
 – Regional Series 
 – Barossa Range 
 – Museum Releases

The Estate Range

​The Estate Range is a collection of wines produced exclusively from the small estate vineyards on the Poonawatta property. From each we produce a single vineyard wine, and in special years when the planets align and bring us something truly unique, we craft small batch, special selection reserve and single barrel wines, representing the best of the best.  And for those who enjoy the rewards of patience, from time to time we release limited quantities of special museum wines from our museum cellar.

The Eden Riesling

The Eden is produced from a single vineyard planted by Sue and John Holt in 1972. These old vines cling to some of the poorest soils on the Poonawatta property; the lean environment keeping the yields low, flavours concentrated and fruit elegant and pure.

Using only free run juice we strive to ensure The Eden displays the purity of the Riesling variety and a true expression of site and region.

“Bright green-straw, overflowing with Meyer lemon and lime, with hints of musk and apple blossom. The citrus continues on the palate, with zesty lemon-lime, hints of sage and quartz mineral, textural mouth feel. Vibrant citrus follows through on the long finish.”

Altitude: 430 to 445 metres ASL.
Aspect: North Easterly exposure on a medium slope.
Soil: Predominantly thin sandy loam over seams of gravel and rock.
Vineyard size: 2 hectares (5 acres), 3.6 metre rows, 1.8 metre vine spacing.
Harvest: Ranges from early March to mid April.
Ferment: 100% free run juice; cold settled then slow ferment ranging from 21 to 24 days.
Bottling: Cold stabilised; bottled 6 to 8 weeks after harvest.
Closure: Screw cap

The Eden Reserve Riesling

Special Vineyard Selection is only made in ideal seasons. This is the very best of The Eden Vineyard. Hand selected bunches in perfect condition from the east facing slope, harvested earlier for high natural acidity. 100% free run juice. Six month maturation on light yeast lees. Pure, pristine and powerful. Only 1400 bottles from the 2018 vintage.

“Powerful and gentle at the same time, the palate has layers of flavour and a textural mouth feel thanks to the time on lees. Lime, lemon rind, sage and some musky spice, then florals and minerals on a vibrant and long sorbet finish. Lovely drinking now and structured to reward time in the bottle.”

Altitude: 440 metres ASL.
Aspect: Easterly exposure on a medium slope.
Soil: Loamy sand over gravel and clay.
Vineyard size: 2 hectares (5 acres); Reserve selected from a 1.5-acre section.
Harvest: 10 days earlier that the Eden harvest.
Ferment: 100% free run juice; cold settled then very slow ferment.
Maturation: 6 months on light yeast lees.
Bottling: Cold stabilised; bottled 6 to 8 weeks after harvest.
Closure: Premium screw cap.

Insurance Block Shiraz

The oldest vineyards in the world prosper in South Australia – an ‘ark’ of viticultural history in one of the last remaining phylloxera free regions. Phylloxera would be a disaster for South Australia’s old vines. As the custodians of a Shiraz vineyard of centenarian vines planted in 1880, the risk of phylloxera is ever present. Which is why in 2007 we established a small vineyard of 1880 cuttings grafted onto phylloxera resistant root stock, to protect and insure our unique 1880 clone. The tenth anniversary of the Insurance Block marks the first bottling of this single vineyard.

“Fragrant red and blue fruits, juicy freshness, supple mouthfeel underpinned by creamy oak and fine tannins, lovely length and an attractive finish. Still a baby with more yet to unfold.” 

Altitude: 425 metres ASL.
Aspect: Neutral to Southerly / South Easterly aspect on a gentle slope.
Soil: Ranges from light brown loam on clay / gravel to dark chocolate loam on red clay.
Vineyard size: 0.4 of a hectare (1 acre), 3.6 metre rows, 1.8 metre vine spacing.
Harvest: Ranges from mid-March to mid-April.
Ferment: Small batch open vat ferment, combination of hand plunge and pump overs.
Maturation: Seasoned Seguin Moreau Premium extra fine grain French oak barriques; second to fifth year.
Bottling: Un-fined and un-filtered.
Closure: Screw Cap.

The Cuttings Shiraz

The Cuttings is produced from a small vineyard established from cuttings taken from the original 1880 vines. Planting started in the late ‘70s by taking cuttings from the 1880 vines and digging them into the stony soil. Each year a few more rows were added until the vineyard was completed in 1982. The Cuttings Shiraz delivers the structure and depth of its lineage; the result – an elegant cool climate Shiraz and a worthy protégé of The 1880.

“A beautiful example of Eden Valley Shiraz. Vibrant fruit, balancing both power and elegance, structured with fine grain tannins and beautifully integrated oak. Can be enjoyed now and cellared for 10 years or more.”

Altitude: 420 metres ASL.
Aspect: Northly to North-Westerly exposure on a gentle slope.
Soil: Ranges from lighter sandy loam over rock and gravel to brown loam on red clay.
Vineyard size: 0.8 of a hectare (2 acres), 3.6 metre rows, 1.8 metre vine spacing.
Harvest: Ranges from late March to early May.
Ferment: Small batch open vat ferment, combination of hand plunge and pump overs.
Maturation: Seguin Moreau Premium extra fine grain French oak barriques; 25% new, 75% 3rd and 4th year seasoned.
Bottling: Un-fined and un-filtered.
Closure: Screw Cap.

The 1880 Shiraz

Poonawatta The 1880 Shiraz is one of the last remaining vineyards of its era, and one of the oldest in Australia. Established in 1880, this small, unique and special vineyard of weathered vines produces premium fruit with an exceptional heritage, where each vintage is a reflection of the season, underpinned by a foundation of quality and character formed over 140 years. The 1880 Shiraz is a living relic of Australia’s pioneering winemaking heritage.

As custodians of these wonderful old vines, the we craft our flagship wine, The 1880 Shiraz; a wine with genuine heritage and true single vineyard provenance.

“Rich, perfumed, powerful and composed. Red to blue fruits are voluptuous, full of flavour, with blue-black berries, spicy complexity and fine oak to the finish. Wonderful drinking now with the structure to go 20 years.”

The 1880 Shiraz has been recognised as meeting the standards of excellence required to hold the Barossa Trust Mark – Origin I Integrity I Quality I Environment I Community.

Altitude: 420 metres ASL.
Aspect: North Easterly exposure on a gentle slope.
Soil: Ranges from dark silty loam on red clay to lighter sandy loam containing schist, red quartz and black mica.
Vineyard size: 0.8 of a hectare (2 acres), 3.6 metre rows, 3.6 metre vine spacing.
Harvest: Ranges from late March to early May.
Ferment: Small batch open vat ferment, combination of hand plunge and pump overs.
Maturation: Seguin Moreau Premium extra fine grain French oak barriques; 40% new, 60% first and second year seasoned.
Bottling: Un-fined and un-filtered.
Closure: M.A. Silva 49mm x 25mm ‘1 by 1’ 100% TCA inspected natural corks.

The Centenarian Single Barrel Reserve Shiraz

The Centenarian takes the concept of a single vineyard wine to a level of detail that represents the absolute pinnacle of the vintage. Produced from the original 1880 Shiraz Vineyard and only made in exemplary vintages, aged in a single fine-grain new French oak barrique for 30 months, bottled unfiltered and allowed to develop for a further 6 years. Released as a mature and distinctive wine, the 300 bottles of the vintage are as unique as they are rare. Vintages produced- 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

“Incredibly intense sweet rich black fruits, dark chocolate, toffee, herbs and an earthy depth, underpinned by rich mocha oak. Will reward decanting at least 6 hours before serving. Perfect drinking.”

Aspect: North Easterly exposure on a gentle slope.
Soil: Ranges from dark silty loam on red clay to lighter sandy loam over rock and gravel.
Vineyard size: 0.8 of a hectare (2 acres), 3.6 metre rows, 3.6 metre vine spacing.
Harvest: Ranges from late March to early May.
Ferment: Small batch open vat ferment, combination of hand plunge and pump overs.
Maturation: 24 to 36 months in a single new Seguin Moreau Premium super fine grain French oak barrique, followed by 6 years bottle maturation.
Bottling: Un-fined and un-filtered.
Closure: Premium Hand Select 49mm x 25mm natural cork.

Regional Series

The Regional Series is a collection made with the express aim of presenting wines that showcase the distinctive character of the Eden Valley region, whether as regional blends or single vineyard wines.

Valley of Eden ‘off dry’ Riesling

Valley of Eden is made in an “off dry” style, with slightly higher residual sweetness. Elegant and pure, the Valley of Eden is expressive of regional character, with textural complexity and vibrant acidity. A great food wine, the fuller palate and residual sweetness makes Valley of Eden a perfect match to winter soups, roasted meats, pork belly, cheese selections and warm desserts. The vibrant acidity ensures a clean, refreshing palate cleansing finish.

“Perfect balance between residual sugar and acidity. Lime juice and Meyer lemon with a hint of honeysuckle. Finishes fresh and dry, ready for the next sip. Will continue to develop beautifully, unfolding new pleasures as it ages.”

Altitude: 430 metres ASL.
Aspect: North-easterly exposure on a medium slope.
Soil: Ranges from thin sandy loam over broken rock to loamy sand over clay.
Vineyard size: 2 hectares (5 acres), 3.6 metre rows, 1.8 metre vine spacing.
Harvest: Ranged from early March to mid-April.
Ferment: 100% free run juice; cold settled then slow ferment ranging from 18 to 21 days; ferment halted once perfect balance between residual sugar and acidity achieved.
Bottling: Cold stabilised; bottled 8 weeks after harvest.
Closure: Premium screw cap.

Four Corners Cabernet Regional Blend

The cooler climate of the Eden Valley region crafts Cabernets of distinct varietal character, generous flavour and elegant structure. The Four Corners Cabernet is produced from premium vineyards located across the Four Corners of Eden Valley.  Each vineyard is picked, fermented and oak matured separately, then blended after 18 to 20 months in oak. The varied terrain, soil types and microclimates ensure our search for the right vineyards is a winemaking adventure.

“Blackcurrant and plum, bay leaf and olive- all characteristic of beautiful Cabernets. Flavours are pure, with undercurrents of earth, tobacco, dark chocolate and dusty tannins. Great texture, structure and flavour.”  

Altitude: 390 to 440 metres ASL.
Harvest: Ranged from late March to early May.
Ferment: Small batch open vat ferment, combination of hand plunge and pump overs.
Maturation: Seasoned Seguin Moreau Premium extra fine grain French oak barriques; third, fourth & fith year. Four Corners blend determined only on final barrel classifications.
Bottling: Un-fined and un-filtered.
Closure: Screw Cap.

Four Corners Shiraz Regional Blend

The Poonawatta Four Corners Shiraz is a showcase of the diversity and style from the Eden Valley region. Sourcing small parcels from vineyards across the four corners of Eden Valley, each vineyard is picked, fermented and oak matured separately, then assessed to ensure each selection delivers its best individual expression of the region. Blended after 18 to 20 months in oak to create our expression of Eden Valley Shiraz.

“Made to represent classic Eden Valley shiraz. Bold and beautiful, with florals, red, blue and black berries, hints of pepper, mint and savory cues. soft tannins. Soft tannins, sawdusty oak and a fresh, vibrant finish.”

Altitude: 335 to 430 metres ASL.
Harvest: Ranges from mid-March to early May.
Ferment: Small batch open vat ferment, combination of hand plunge and pump overs.
Maturation: Seasoned Seguin Moreau Premium extra fine grain French oak barriques; third, fourth & fifth year. Four Corners blend determined only on final barrel classifications.
Bottling: Un-fined and un-filtered.
Closure: Screw Cap.

1919 Single Vineyard Shiraz

We are always excited when we find a new vineyard to work with, and Mark Bartholomaeus old vine Shiraz is one of Eden Valley’s icon vineyards. Planted by Mark’s Grandfather with the help of his three sons in 1919, Mark shared the story of his father Alwin seeing his first aeroplane fly overhead while helping plant the vines. We are grateful to secure a small portion of the harvest to make the Poonawatta 1919 Shiraz.

The bottle sports a unique label printed on genuine wood veneer with burnished print; every label showcasing different grain patterns and features; some with knots, splits and holes, reminiscent of the old vines themselves.

“Fragrant, savoury and luscious. Saturated with lovely, soft blue to black fruits, underpinned by chocolate and coffee flavours. Beautiful mid-palate sweetness, full flavoured with fine oak and elegant tannins. Only a few hundred bottles produced each vintage.”

Altitude: 385 metres ASL.
Aspect: Easterly exposure on a gentle slope.
Soil: Deep sandy loam.
Vineyard size: 5 hectares (13 acres), 3.6 metre rows, 3.6 metre vine spacing.
Harvest: Ranges from late March to early May.
Ferment: Small batch open vat ferment, combination of hand plunge and pump overs.
Maturation: Seguin Moreau Premium extra fine grain French oak barriques; one third new, balance third  and fourth year seasoned.
Bottling: Un-fined and un-filtered.
Closure: Screw Cap.

1858 Single Vineyard Grenache

(Release date June 2020)
In 1858 pioneer vigneron David Randall established South Rhine Estate, east of the township of Springton. Located in the southern end of the Eden Valley region, this is one of Australia’s oldest vineyards and the fruit from this tenacious old ‘garden’ is in high demand. We are very grateful to secure a small parcel of the precious harvest. Beautiful fruit, thick skins and bursting with flavour.

“30% whole bunch, aged on skins and matured in seasoned French oak barrigues. Lovely bouquet, vibrant red / blue fruits, plum and cherry, fine silky tannins, wonderful purity and structure.”

Altitude: 390 metres ASL.
Aspect: Easterly exposure on a gentle East / South-east facing slope.
Soil: Thin sandy loam over red clay, interspersed with rose quartz and schist fragments.
Vineyard: 3.6 metre rows, 2.4 metre vine spacing.
Harvest: Ranges from mid-March to mid-April.
Ferment: Small batch open vat ferment, 30% whole bunch, hand plunged.
Maturation: Seasoned Seguin Moreau Premium extra fine grain French oak barriques.
Bottling: Un-fined and un-filtered.
Closure: M.A. Silva 49mm x 25mm ‘1 by 1’ 100% TCA inspected natural corks.

Barossa Range

Barossa Range is a collection of fruit friendly wines, vibrant and generous, at exceptional value. Ranging from single vineyard to regional blends; 100% Eden Valley to Eden / Barossa blends.

ER (Eden Riesling)

Single vineyard wine from old vine Eden Valley Riesling vines.

“Fresh and vibrant, with zingy lime, green apple, flinty acidity and a long citrus finish.”

 

 

 

 

 

BS (Barossa Shiraz)

A Blend of Eden Valley and Barossa Valley Shiraz, starting life as single vineyard wines, open ferment, matured in seasoned French oak barriques and blended at barrel selection.

“Vibrant with bright red and blue fruits, aromatics dancing from the glass. Raspberry, florals and cherry, with an undercurrent of blueberry. Great balance between fruit and acidity.”

 

 

 

 

BC (Barossa Cabernet)

A Blend of Eden Valley and Barossa Valley Cabernet. Starting life as single vineyard wines, open ferment, matured in seasoned French oak barriques and blended at barrel selection.

“A savoury nose with hints of violet and mint, leading to blueberry, black currant and cinnamon on the palate. Bright and fresh.” 

 

 

 

 

 

Museum Releases

We always hold back a few cases of each vintage for our museum collection, and in exceptional years we keep a little extra for a special future release. There wines are ready to drink, displaying all the beautiful flavour, complexity and finesse of well cellared wines.

The Eden Riesling 2011 Museum Release

The 2011 vintage was underpinned by the best spring / summer rainfall in years, causing a few headaches for some varieties but wonderful conditions to craft amazing, long lived Rieslings. This is one of our stand-out Rieslings, still amazingly fresh, with wonderful intensity and complexity.

“Fresh lime and spice, the wonderful complexity of maturity, hints of honeysuckle and marmalade, while still beautifully vibrant; developing beautifully with a good decade of fulfilling life ahead.”

Gold medal – 2016 Canberra International Riesling Challenge
Gold medal – 2018 Canberra International Riesling Challenge
95 points – 2017 Halliday Wine Companion

The Cuttings Shiraz 2011 Museum Release

The Cuttings is produced from a small vineyard established from cuttings taken from the original 1880 vines. Planting started in the late ‘70s by taking cuttings from the 1880 vines and digging them into the stony soil. Each year a few more rows were added until the vineyard was completed in 1982. The Cuttings Shiraz delivers the structure and depth of its lineage; the result – an elegant cool climate Shiraz and a worthy protégé of The 1880.

It takes moxie, sass and a certain degree of worldly wherewithal to release an aged wine from a maligned vintage such as this. And yet, what a wine! The cooler ’11 traits: briar, pepper grind, dried seaweed and marginal fruit, just on the better side of ripeness, at once suggest a judicious hand in the winery and a vintage that has bestowed more Rhone-sensitive, mid-weighted and savoury wines on us than many realise. Great length, sap and drinkability.”  – 96 points. Halliday Wine Companion.

Altitude: 420 metres ASL.
Aspect: Northly to North-Westerly exposure on a gentle slope.
Soil: Ranges from lighter sandy loam over rock and gravel to brown loam on red clay.
Vineyard size: 0.8 of a hectare (2 acres), 3.6 metre rows, 1.8 metre vine spacing.
Harvest: 16th May. Individual vine selection.
Ferment: Small batch open vat ferment, combination of hand plunge and pump overs.
Maturation: Seguin Moreau Premium extra fine grain French oak barriques; seasoned oak.
Bottling: Un-fined and un-filtered.
Closure: Screw Cap.

The 1880 Shiraz 2009 Museum Release

The 2009 vintage of The 1880 Shiraz is a powerful wine, reflective of the season, rich and laden with black fruits, fine oak and layers of complexity. Add ten years of development, and a raft of beautiful secondary characters are evident. This wine will benefit from a decant, ideally a double decant. Pour into decanter at least two hours before serving. Rinse the bottle to remove any sediment and pour back into the bottle ready to serve.

“Primary fruits have become more brambly with age, wonderfully integrated, with some savoury richness adding beautiful complexity. Layers of flavour underpinned by generous depth and softening tannins. Soft, rich and perfumed with the aromas of a beautifully developed wine.”

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