When Yalumba’s fifth generation vigneron Robert Hill Smith joined forces with Clare winemaker extraordinaire Jeffrey Grosset to create a new Eden Valley Riesling, it was clear this would be no ordinary wine.
Born of occasional musings, the essence of the adventure is two of Australia's best known Riesling makers working together to elevate the status of both Riesling and South Australia’s Eden Valley. The first release was the highly acclaimed 2002 vintage.
The project also offers a forum in which both winemakers can share ideas, debate and discuss. Jeffrey Grosset says the partnership offers an irresistible opportunity to create a truly unique wine. "I'm convinced that we have been able to achieve more in quality terms by working together and sharing our knowledge. The chance to contribute to the reputation of the region and the variety is very exciting and the fact that Robert and I share a passion for Riesling is, for me, what makes this project so special", he said.
The two parties agreed on the name, mesh for all the images the word evoked. "This single word represents so much of the philosophy behind the wine – the weaving together of ideas & the combining of skills and knowledge".
Robert Hill Smith, mesh website
"This is just about perfect. The strength, and clean precision, of the lime-flavour that bursts into your mouth on sipping this is quite extraordinary. That would be enough to recommend it, but there’s more: and the ‘more’ is built into the background, rather than over the top. Slate, metal, dried flowers and ever-so-dry citrus - this is pitched, and delivered, perfectly. An outstanding wine."
Rated : 96 Points
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2010 - 2018
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, January 2005