The grapes to produce the Riesling “Peggy’s Hill” Eden Valley Henschke were harvested in the cool of the morning. Once in the winery, the best grapes were selected using a sorting table, followed by selective technology, before being destemmed, lightly crushed and gently pressed to tanks for cold-settling. The juices were racked into refrigerated, stainless steel tanks and cool-fermented to dryness with neutral yeasts. Once completed, the wine was assembled and bottled post-vintage to preserve the delicate aromatic fruit characters.
This Riesling takes its name from a local landmark, Peggy’s Hill, found at the top of the mountain range and located in the heart of the Eden Valley. Grapes are picked from selected growers, whose vineyards are spread around this focal point, in the northern, central and southern parts of the region, all at altitudes between 400 to 500 metres above sea level. The vines are up to 50 years of age, growing in low-vigour ancient Cambrian-period soils.
The Henschke family have been making wine at their estate in the Eden Valley since 1868. Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke took over running thewinery in 1979. Together with his viticulturist wife Prue, they have taken their two single vineyards, Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone, and transformed them into two of Australia’s most sought-after wines. Through a combination of great viticulture from Prue, who is at the forefront of re-introducing native plants into their vineyards to improve biodiversity, and winemaking from Stephen, they have built upon their inheritance and turned this traditional producer in to one that is celebrated all around the world.