Australian wine company Yalumba is teaming up with Jeffrey Grosset, known for his Clare Valley Rieslings, to make a new, limited-production dry Riesling. The joint venture will use grapes from two of Yalumba's vineyards in Eden Valley, which is on the other side of the Barossa Valley from Clare.
The plan is for Yalumba's winemakers and Grosset to divide the grapes and make wines separately, then decide how to blend the final product. The Riesling will be bottled with screw-cap closures, of which both wineries have been avid supporters.
The first wine will be from the 2002 vintage and should be released in 2003. Total production is targeted at around 2,000 to 25,00 cases; about 500 cases are expected to be exported to the United States.
In addition to its Heggies and Pewsey Vale Rieslings, Yalumba makes a variety of wines -- Cabernet, Chardonnay, Grenache, Shiraz, Viognier and dessert wines -- from several appellations, including the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Eden Valley.
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