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New Wines, New Winemaker

Vickery release new Reserve Range and First Vintage for Keeda Zilm

Renowned Riesling producer, Vickery Wines has released its first ever Reserve range following the exceptional 2017 vintages in the Watervale and Eden Valley regions. The acknowledged old master of Australian Riesling, John Vickery, has dedicated his career to producing Rieslings that both age well and have maximum flavour and these 2017 Reserve wines have been produced to epitomise this philosophy.

 

The two Reserve wines have been made from small parcels from Chris and Anthony Koerner’s ‘G6 Block’ in Watervale and Ben Zander’s ‘Kosi Block’ in Eden Valley. During the 2017 vintage classification, these two wines stood out for their quality, character and aging potential. Both wines were key components of the 2017 White Label blends, however small amounts were bottled separately and matured in Vickery’s temperature-controlled cellars for 30 months prior to the October release.

 

Alongside the Reserves are the 2019 releases of Vickery’s White Label Watervale and Eden Valley Rieslings. Despite the challenges of a low-yielding 2019 vintage, both wines exhibit distinctive regional character, beautiful varietal flavours and reflect John Vickery’s Riesling winemaking ethos.

 

Keeda Zilm and John Vickery


This 2019 vintage is the first to be produced under the guidance of Keeda Zilm, who has formally assumed custodianship of John’s signature winemaking philosophy. Keeda joined the winemaking team in 2018 alongside John Vickery and Phil Lehmann, following 16 years at O’Leary Walker Wines in the Clare Valley, where she has overseen the fruit intake of every Vickery Watervale Riesling since the first vintage in 2014. Made in collaboration with this talented and experienced winemaking team, Keeda was appointed to ensure that John’s Riesling winemaking methods and knowledge will be preserved and passed on for generations to come.

 

The 2017 Reserves and 2019 White Label Eden Valley Riesling are available at vickerywines.com.au, on-premise and in independent fine wine retailers. The 2019 White Label Watervale Riesling is also available nationally at Dan Murphy’s and BWS.

 

Main image: Alan Benson