Brothers-in-law Daniel Chaffey Hartwig and Theo Engela are the latest generation of the Chaffey family to ply their vinous trade in Australia. The original Chaffey brothers (Canadian Hydro Engineers) were true iconoclasts. They arrived in Australia in 1886 and proceeded (along with a number of their descendants) to make an indelible mark on the Australian wine landscape.
Daniel's inspiration for this wine is described as follows: "It struck me from quite an early age that Eden Valley Riesling was the best white wine of the Barossa region. The stigma of Riesling being something that grandma drank is exacerbated in Australia by the fact that 'Riesling' consumed in the 1980s were cheap wines often consumed from a cask (box wine) or flagon. At that stage, “Riesling” was allowed to be a mix of varieties, none of which needed to necessarily be Riesling! It was sweet and innocuous neutral plonk. The idea sprang to mind that these are not the Rieslings I saw my grandparents drinking at family get-togethers and I saw the name “Not Your Grandma’s” as a great way to describe the wines. It also acts as a challenge to the reader to try and find out what we mean."
This wine originated from a single Springton vineyard that was picked on two separate dates to capture both natural acidity/freshness and intensity of flavour. The two parcels were then cold fermented in a stainless steel tank to preserve purtity of fruit then bottled with only a minimal addition of sulphur dioxide.
Floral, lemon/lime and lychee aromas are followed by intense apple, lime and orange blossom on the palate. The wine has great length of palate with the soft refreshing acidity balancing the intensity of fruit and providing the backbone to enable medium to long term cellaring if so desired.