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Gatt Wines claim international riesling trophy at decanter world wine awards
By: Gatt Wines
2008 Eden Springs High Eden Riesling was awarded the international trophy for best in show riesling over £15 at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London last night.
The prestigious international trophy is a big win for Australia. The winning wine outshone an outstanding competitive field from classic regions including Alsace, Rheingau and the Wachau. It places the spotlight on Eden Valley as a home of truly iconic riesling, standing proud among the world’s best.
Estate owner, Mr Ray Gatt accepted the trophy at a gala dinner in the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, saying
‘We are honoured to accept this award. It represents a great achievement for Eden Valley and underscores our belief in High Eden riesling from the original Eden Springs Vineyard.’
2008 Eden Springs High Eden Riesling is a wine of exceptional pedigree. Born of a classic vintage, the single vineyard wine hails from old estate vines dating back to 1972.
A record of stellar performance at international competitions includes an incredible eight trophies, over 30 gold and double gold medals to date. This latest trophy makes a matching pair for the wine that also took the international riesling trophy at the first Decanter Asia Wine Awards last year.
According to Gatt winemaker David Norman, the secret lies in High Eden terroir.
“Riesling from this patch of earth has a mineral quality with amazing power and longevity,” he says.
At altitudes over 500m, the breathtaking heights of Eden Valley are the crown atop Barossa. Long, cool seasons in the beautiful high country produce exceptional wines with characteristic minerality and natural acid drive.
Decanter is the world’s leading wine competition. Headed by chairman Stephen Spurrier, the Decanter World Wine Awards are conferred by an international judging team comprised of the world’s finest palates. They include masters of wine, journalists, buyers and world's best sommeliers such as Paolo Basso, Gerard Basset MW MS and Andreas Larsson.
In a record year, 14,362 entries from around the globe competed for the coveted awards. Just 32 wines attained the highest accolade to win an international trophy.
For the first time this year, Decanter has published a special awards edition of the magazine, now on sale in newsagents and online app stores. Full award details can be found at decanter.com
Gatt wines are available winery direct and via selected fine wine retailers and restaurants.
2008 Eden Springs High Eden Riesling
A superb wine of hallmark elegance and typicity. Scented floral perfume of linden blossom, lemon and talc. The palate is brimming with charming lemon and Kaffir lime character. Crisp, dry and fruitful with gentle natural acidity and steely mineral undertones. Great length and longevity from a classic vintage. Long term cellaring will reveal the renowned toasty characters of aged Eden Valley Riesling.
Recommended retail AUD $25
2008 Eden Springs High Eden Riesling
Trophy 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards - Best International Riesling over £15
Trophy 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards - Best Australian Riesling over £15
Trophy 2013 International Wine Challenge - Best Eden Valley Riesling
Trophy 2012 Decanter Asia Wine Awards - Best International Riesling
Trophy 2012 Decanter Asia Wine Awards - Best Australian Riesling
Trophy 2012 Barossa Wine Show - Best Dry White Riesling 1YO & older
Trophy 2012 Japan Wine Challenge - Best New World White Wine
Trophy 2012 Japan Wine Challenge - Best Australian Wine
Plus over 30 gold and double gold medals