Adeliade Hills [Home of our Ein Riese]
The Adelaide Hills is one of South Australia’s favourite wine region, not only because it is so close the CBD, but because of the quality of wines from the region. Better known for its Chardonnays, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines, our key interest this month… Riesling.Here we discuss the regions history and a little about our Adelaide Hills Riesling “Ein Riese”.
(Image Sourced from: http://www.adhills.com.au/tourism/adhills/wineries/map.html)
Traditionally the Adelaide Hills was home to the Peramangk people, and the lower foothills the Kaurna people. And in 1802 Mount Lofty, the highest point in the Adelaide Hills was named by Matthew Flinders. Between 1836 and 1839 many European settlers arrived, establishing Adelaide Hillsvillages, such as Stirling, Crafers and Hahndorf. In 1836 the first South Australian vineyard was planted in North Adelaide, however John Barton Hack, the owner, pulled the vineyard and replanted in Echunga Springs. In 1843 Hack sent a case of wine made from the vineyard to Queen Victoria.
We source our grapes for our “Ein Riese” from Scott and Kerry Hicks vineyard, Yacca Paddock. Located in the Kuitpo region of the southern Mount Lofty ranges in the Adelaide Hills, Yacca Paddock is approximately 360 metres above sea level and on average 2.5 degrees cooler than McLaren Vale. It is planted on very old podsolic soils over an ironstone/gravel base. The Ein Riese is made as an off-dry German Style Riesling, “Ein Riese” is German for “a giant”. Perfect for this Riesling and perhaps one of Ben (Mr.) Riggs favourite creation.