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2015 Thorn Riesling

The Fruit:

The 2015 vintage in the Barossa was unique in every sense of the word. An unseasonably cool summer gave the vines perfect conditions to produce fruit of exceptional flavour while preserving natural acidity, while the warmer early autumn brought the grapes to perfect ripeness before the rain arrived. The Eden Valley is world renowned for producing Riesling of exceptional elegance and pristine flavour, and the 2015 Thorn Riesling embodies this reputation perfectly.

The Winemaking:

The grapes were picked in the coolest period of the night then gently de-stemmed without crushing to minimise skin contact. The finest parcels of free drained juice were selected and then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to maintain purity and preserve the delicate aromas and flavours of the fruit. A small parcel of fruit sourced from old, dry-grown vines was hand picked, then chilled and gently wholebunch pressed to ferment in stainless steel barrels with indigenous (wild) yeast to add a touch of richness and complexity. The wine had 4 weeks maturation on yeast lees before being bottled and released to the market in June.

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2015 Thorn Riesling

The Comments:

The 2015 Thorn Riesling is pale green in colour with an intensely aromatic bouquet of floral perfume and citrus, with subtle hints of spiced apple pie and traditional lemonade. The palate is refined and tightly structured with crisp natural acidity that imparts length and linearity, a softly rounded mid palate with sweet flavours of lemon, lime and green apple, and a long and elegant finish with a touch of refreshingly chalky minerality. A wine of true style and finesse; refreshingly vibrant in its youth, this wine will also cellar gracefully for those who prefer the honeyed nuances of bottle age in their Riesling.

A perfect choice as an aperitif or match with fresh fish dishes.

awards and reviews

2015 Thorn Riesling

THE AWARDS & REVIEWS:

  • 2015 Thorn Riesling
    • Bronze | 2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2015 Queensland Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2015 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Silver | 2015 Decanter Asia World Wine Awards
    • Bronze | 16th Canberra International Riesling Challenge
  • 2014 Thorn Riesling
    • Silver | Wine Showcase Magazine 2014
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    • Bronze | 2014 International Riesling Challenge
    • Bronze | 2014 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2015 Sydney Royal Wine Show
    • Frank Smith | Jan 2015
      Frank SmithHave A Go News, Perth

      Grant Burge 2014 Thorn Riesling has an elegant bouquet of fresh limes, citrus and hints of jasmine and lavender. Fresh limes and citrus are prominent on the palate, balanced with a natural acidity giving a long lingering finish.

       

  • 2013 Thorn Riesling
    • Bronze | 2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2013 Canberra International Riesling Challenge
    • 93 Points | Ray Jordan
      Ray JordanWest Australian Perth - Jan 2014

      You just have to be impressed with the depth and breadth of the Grant Burge range which delivers great value and superb quality at all price points. This little riesling often slips under the radar and yet it is a beauty that consistently provides some of the best value drinking for this great summer variety.

      This is a first-rate riesling from this very good South Australian vintage.  High level of natural acid is so friendly and neatly infused into the intense and sustained palate. Lifted aromas of lime zest with a little lemon edge. The palate is pure and clean with a very long finish. Lovely current drinking or for a few years yet.

  • 2012 Thorn Riesling
    • 92 Points | Gary Waslh
      Gary WaslhThe Wine Front, Mar 2013

      From 30 year old vines in the Thorn Family vineyard, hence the name. Spicy and dusty, kaffir lime leaf and juicy lime with it. Good flavour here - lime and maybe even some apple - some flinty textural highlights and balanced, but not superfine, acidity. Good finish featuring a bit of pith and spice. Attractive wine that's drinking very well now.

    • 91 Points – Mike Frost
      Mike FrostCourier Mail, QLD, Apr 2013

      From a single Eden Valley vineyard, this product of a very good white vintage shows lime and floral characters on the nose and palate, with a refreshing mineral backbone and crisp acid finish. It's tasty by itself now but would go well with seafood such as prawns or scallops and will take several years in the bottle, developing lovely toast and honey characters on the way.

    • 90 Points – 2013 Wine Showcase Magazine Regional Showcase
      2013 Wine Showcase Magazine Regional Showcase
    • Bronze – 2012 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2013 Canberra International Riesling Challenge
    • Bronze – 2012 Canberra International Riesling Challenge
    • Other (3.5 Stars) – John Lewis
      John LewisNewcastle Herald, Apr 2013

      Sourced from the Thorn family's Eden Valley vineyard, this is light gold with brassy tints and has honeysuckle scents. The front palate introduces smooth citrus flavour, followed up on the middle palate by preserved lemon and nashi pear characters. Slatey acid refreshes at the finish.

    • Patrick Hatch
      Patrick HatchTownsville Bulletin QLD, MX Brisbane, MX Sydney, MX Melbourne, Jul 2013

      This fresh Barossa Valley riesling might be the ticket if you're looking to lighten up the dark winter months. It's a crisp and acidic drop, which evntually softens and lightens when given time to breathe, revealing fruity notes of green apples and citrus. Lightly chilled, it make sa trasty friend with a spicy Thai dish or a fiery curry.

    • James Halliday
      James HallidayWine Companion online, Jun 2013

      Pale straw-green; a generously upholstered Riesling with an abundance of ripe lemon/citrus aromas and flavours.

    • Graeme Phillips
      Graeme PhillipsSunday Tasmanian, Mercury Hobart, TAS Jun 2013

      Bright gold/green with lifted lime blossom aromas and fuller, sweeter ripe peach flavours in the mouth, the soft palate finishing nicely fresh and fruity.

    • Ray Jordan
      Ray JordanCentral Coast Express NSW, May 2013

      It's a cracker. It's great to see riesling making something of a comeback in terms of consumer demand, swamped as it was in recent years by the tidal waves of chardonnay and then sauvignon blanc. It's sourced from a single Eden Valley vineyard , and that area has always produced quality riesling. This is a crisp, elegant white with a delicious, fruity mid-palate but finishes crisp and dry like a good riesling should. It is great as a drink now wine but Burge believes it will become more complex with medium term cellaring.

    • Mike Burnett
      Mike BurnettVintage, Launceston Examiner TAS, Apr 2013

      Grant Burge's Eden Valley Thorn Riesling has been a consistent performer over many vintages, with Mr Burge describing 2012 as the best in a decade. The Eden Valley fruit has provided citrus depth and lively acidity, with a crisp and clean finish.

    • Chris Shannahan
      Chris ShannahanTop Drops, Sunday Canberra Times, Apr 2013

      Grant Burge's 2012 riesling delivers exceptionally rich fruit flavours of the vintage in a fuller, softer style than many other Eden Valley wines of the same year. Burge rates the 2012 whites as "some of the best I've ever made". He attributes the exceptional fruit quality to mild days, cools nights, good sub-soil moisture, healthy vines and moderate yields. These conditions, he says, produced grapes with "very balanced sugar-to acid ratios and flavours". The wine reflects the quality of the grapes, with its fully citrusy varietal flavour, round, smoothly textured palate, and backbone of fresh acidity.

    • Rick Allen
      Rick AllenThree Cheers, Manly Daily NSW, Apr 2013

      The wines that have come out of the Eden Valley from the 2012 vintage are terrific - loads of flavour, purity and fine acid. This wine has lime and green apple flavours of great intensity with some flinty, minerally nots on the finish. It is drinking really well now with its piercing freshness, if you're planning a seafood meal or Thai this will work well, but will also do really well with five years in the cellar. Good value.

    • Kerry Skinner
      Kerry SkinnerGrapevine, Illawarra Mercury NSW, Apr 2013

      There has been some ripper rieslings from the 2012 vintage. From high in the Eden Valley, this new release exudes vitality and freshness with perfumed notes on the nose, a zesty acidity and crisp lemon and lime fruit.

    • Ross Noble
      Ross NobleMt Barker Courier, SA, Apr 2013

      In 1988, when Grant Burge Wines was established "with little more than raw enthusiasm" the Thorn family of Eden Valley "showed absolute faith by allocating all their precious grapes to me", says Grant Burge. Eden Valley is second to Clare Valley in production but on a par in quality. The high altitude vines struggle in the rock strewn soils but prevail splendidly with wonderful minerality and bracing acidity in the rieslings. The Grant Burge Eden Valley Thorn Riesling 2012 is crisp yet soft and appealing on the palate, finished with zesty acidity.

    • Michael Southern
      Michael SouthernPittwater Life NSW, Apr 2013

      .. Sources from a single vineyard, it is an elegant wine with a creamy mid-palate; a serious riesling which is drinking well now and still stand up to medium term cellaring.

    • Winestate, Australia, Apr 2013
      Winestate, Australia, Apr 2013

      Creamy honeyed bouquet with a lift of orange blossom. Fresh and zesty palate, and tasting of limes.

  • 2011 Thorn Riesling
    • 91 Points – Anthony Keys
      Anthony KeysThe Key Review of Wine, Jan 2013

      Green centre filling out to gold, gasoline nose, plenty of zip as it travels with a pleasant hit of acid in the centre and a good aftertaste.

    • 91 Points – Tony Keys
      Tony KeysThe Key Review of Wine Jan 2013

      Green centre filling out to gold, gasoline nose, plenty of zip as it travels with a pleasant hit of acid in the centre and a good aftertaste.

    • 91 Points – West Australian News Nov 2011
      West Australian News Nov 2011

      Wine of the Week. Most of the winemakers will tell you that 2011 was a struggle for reds but pretty good for whites. This one is a good example of that. It's light and delicate yet with pure Riesling character that is held precisely with a fine lingering acid. Persistent and finely balanced through to the finish.

    • Bronze – 2013 Sydney Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2012 Sydney Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2011 Hobart Wine Show
    • Drinks Trade Jan 2012
      Drinks Trade Jan 2012

      Good varietal notes, young and vibrant. Great length with herbaceous, lean mineral notes; a dry, crisp and minerally palate. Delicate lemon and lime with mouth-watering acidity.

    • Peter Bourne
      Peter BourneAustralian Gourmet Traveller Wine May 2012

      Crafted from 30-year-old vines, this wine displays a delicate bouquet of fresh limes, lemons and hints of floral blossom. The palate is vibrant and refreshing. Citrus acidity provides a fine, lingering finish.

    • Ross Noble
      Ross NobleMt Barker Courier Mar 2012

      Loyalty: Grant Burge says when he began with his own label in 1988 he had "little more than raw enthusiasm". But Dennis Thorn and his family showed "absolute faith" by allocating all their grapes to him. The Grant Burge Thorn Eden Valley Riesling 2011 is mainly from Thorn's fruit with a small amount from GB's own Summers vineyard. The old vine fruit is reflected in the wine. Floral with grapefruit and lime on the palate and some minerality it is the epitome of quality Eden Valley Riesling.

    • Selector Jan 2012
      Selector Jan 2012

      After what has been hailed as a challenging vintage, Grant Burge is pleased to release his flagship whites: 2011 Thorn Riesling, 2011 East Argyle Pinot Gris, 2011 Kraft Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 Summers Chardonnay, all from his renowned vineyard range. Grant believes that the much talked about 2011 vintage has turned out some of the best examples yet of his flagship white wines, courtesy of carefully managed and selected fruit parcels, while the 2010 vintage, which was acclaimed to be the best of the decade, has resulted in a excellent Summers Chardonnay.

    • Kerry Skinner
      Kerry SkinnerIllawarra Mercury Nov 2011

      Stylish Eden Valley Riesling despite cooler temperatures and rain making it one of the most trying vintages in recent years. Perfumed notes on the nose, aromatic lemon and lime flavours, a zesty, minerally backbone and a crisp, dry finish.

    • Winewise Oct 2011
      Winewise Oct 2011

      Fresh, reserved and limey. Quite delicious - packed with flavour and has a good acid balance. Another excellent short term style

  • 2010 Thorn Riesling
    • 92 Points – Ray Jordan
      Ray JordanFeb 2011

      This is sourced from high up in the Eden Valley and is just about the best example of this wine I have tasted. Clean floral notes on the nose with a touch of slaty minerality. Has a fine powdery acid which supports the very delicate but lingering palate.

    • 90 Points & 5 Stars – Rob Geddes
      Rob GeddesThe Gold Book 2012

      Explosive and rich without being heavy or fleshy, with plenty of ripe citrus fruit and reliably high quality year in year out.

    • Silver – 2011 International Riesling Challenge - Canberra
    • Silver – 2011 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Other (4 Stars) – Winestate Feb 2012 "Best Wines of 2011"
      Winestate Feb 2012 "Best Wines of 2011"

      Delicate, floral lime bouquet and good length of restraining citrus flavours on a tight palate with some very crisp acid. A keeper.

    • Alex Berry
      Alex BerryWeekend News, VIC Apr 2011

      The Eden Valley area of the Baorssa is renowned for producing some of Australia's finest rieslings. The grapes for this wine were sourced from 30 year-old vines in the Thorn family 'Wyncroft' vineyard. It has great lime and grreen apple and citrus on the nose with the fruit a little forward. The lemon and lime are set in the background where the flavours meet in the middle palate. Clean and elegant, and as Eden Valley rieslings need time to express themselves, this will reward the punter for seven years easily.

    • Chris Shanahan
      Chris ShanahanCanberra Times, ACT, Jun 2011

      Grnat Burge first bought fruit from the Thorn family's Eden Valley vineyard in 1988. Now 30 years old, the vines produced magic in 2010 - a peculiar vintage. Burge says ending with a very cool ripeneing period, ideal for white varieties. In Thorn, this translates to a beautifully aromatic riesling, featuring floral and lime-like varietal character: The intense, zesty lime character carries through on a pure delicate, shimmering, dry palate. Provides exciting drinking at the price.

  • 2009 Thorn Riesling
    • 92 Points – Australian Gourmet Traveller 100 Top New Releases May 2010
      Australian Gourmet Traveller 100 Top New Releases May 2010

      This label is a perennial good buy. Clean, shy, subtle but fragrant Riesling aromas - dried flowers and lime/citrus. It's a trifle forward perhaps, but so much the better for the average drinker, as it's soft, ready and balanced, with a touch of richness.

    • 90 Points – James Halliday
      James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2011

      An aromatic bouquet with elements of chalk and spice, then a full-flavoured robust palate, with ripe citrus fruit flavours.

    • 90 Points – James Halliday

      Tasted 7/09/2009

    • Ross Noble
      Ross NobleMt Barker Courier Oct 2010

      Expresses the wonderful minerality of the fruit from vines planted more than 30 years ago. With perfumed characters leading to lemony and grapefruit flavours, it’s a wine for now or in a decade. Glorious with Coorong Mullet.

    • Winestate Apr 2010
      Winestate Apr 2010

      Good, varietally expressive wine with a lovely balance between the concentrated varietal fruit and solid acid spine.

  • 2008 Thorn Riesling
    • Trophy – 2008 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • 93 Points – James Halliday
      James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2010

      Green-straw; voluminous lime juice aromas and flavours; good length, line and balance.

    • 93 Points – Tim White
      Tim WhiteThe Independent Dec 2008

      Lots of deep fruit: apple skin, lemon peel. Smells of minerally acidity, too. Attacks plump and soft; bruised apples and dried banana and then tingly chewy, but also quite creamy. Lots of flavour.

    • 93 Points – Tim White
      Tim WhiteAustralian Financial Review, Dec 2008

      Lots of deep fruit; applie skin, lemon peel. Smells of minerally acidity too. Attacks plump and soft: bruised apples and dried banana and then gets tingly chewy, but also quite creamy. Lots of flavour.

    • 93 Points – James Halliday

      Green-straw; voluminous lime juice aromas and flavours; good length, line and balance.

    • Gold – 2008 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Gold – 2008 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Silver – 2008 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Other (4.5 Stars) – Paddy Kendler
      Paddy KendlerHerald Sun, Oct 2008

      Despite being widely dubbed as a "nightmare vintage" due to excessive heat and rapid ripening, 2008 in South Australia has produced plenty of high quality wines, especially dry whites made from fruit harvested before the worst of the long, hot spell in March. A light-bodied and elegant style, the Thorn features an attractive floral and citrus bouquet and quite good depth of juicy flavour. The relatively gentle acidity renders it all the more drinkable.

    • Other (4 Stars) – WineState, National, Feb 2009
      WineState, National, Feb 2009

      Nose has an elegant combination of lime and floral aromas with distinct honeysuckle notes. Crisp, clean palate with sweet lime juicy flavours.

    • WineState Jan 2009
      WineState Jan 2009

      Bright, developing, toffee apple nose leads to cooked apple palate with some residual sugar and good acidity

    • Darryl Thomas
      Darryl ThomasSunday Territorian Oct 2008

      The Eden Valley wine region is part of the Barossa and is renowned for producing quality Riesling. This is a flavoursome wine with classic citrus and floral characters ahead of a refreshing, crisp acid finish. Food Match: fresh SA oysters natural

    • Nick Stock
      Nick StockHot 100 The Adelaide Review Hot 100 Oct 2008

      Burge's '08 Eden Valley Riesling is sporting some handy ripeness and attractive richness in its youth. Concentrated flavour builds up to stone fruits and ripe citrus, acidity slides through below and holds a whisper-clean, juicy line through the finish.

    • Ray Jordan
      Ray JordanWest Australian, WA Nov 2008

      A fuller style with intense and vibrant flavours of citrusy fruit. Nice wine that will drink best in the short term.

  • 2007 Thorn Riesling
    • Trophy – 2007 Hyatt/ Advertiser S. Aust Wines of the Year
    • 91 Points – Huon Hooke
      Huon HookeGourmet Traveller May 2008

      A typical lemony, honeysuckley Eden Valley Riesling with subtle herbal notes. The taste is light and refined, with citrus flavours and soft, well-balanced acidity. This could reward cellaring too.

    • Bronze – 2007 Canberra International Riesling Challenge
    • Bronze – 2007 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2007 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2007 Canberra Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2007 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2007 Hobart Wine Show
    • Other (5 Stars) | Ralph Kyte-Powell
      Ralph Kyte-PowellThe Age, Melbourne, Jul 2008

      The quality of Grant Burge wines keeps getting better. Thorn now numbers among the best Eden Valley rieslings, and it's always keenly priced. Bright greenish in colour, it has floral, lime and fruit salad aromas. The palate is pure, intense and dry with great presence and a long finish.

  • 2006 Thorn Riesling
    • Silver – 2006 Hyatt Riesling Challenge
    • Bronze – 2006 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2006 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWineSpectator.com 2007

      Polished, dry and appealing for its pineapple-accented citrus and mineral flavours, finishing on a floral note.

    • Jay Miller
      Jay MillerWine Advocate, USA, Nov 2007

      The 2006 Riesling “Thorn” exhibits an attractive perfume of spring flowers, mineral, honeysuckle, and citrus. Crisp, dry, and well-balanced, this tasty Riesling can be enjoyed over the next 5-7 years.

    • Jay Miller
      Jay MillereRobertParker.com Oct 2007

      The 2006 Riesling “Thorn” exhibits an attractive perfume of spring flowers, mineral, honeysuckle, and citrus. Crisp, dry, and well-balanced, this tasty Riesling can be enjoyed over the next 5-7 years.

  • 2005 Thorn Riesling
    • 94 Points – James Halliday
      James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2008

      Abundant flavour without compromising the fine and elegant style; lime, passionfruit, apple and spice; excellent line and balance.

    • 94 Points – james Halliday

      Abundant flavour without compromising the fine and elegant style; lime, passionfruit, apple and spice; excellent line and balance.

    • 90 Points – Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWineSpectator.com Nov 2006

      Bright, tangy and generous with its grapefruit and pineapple character, shaded with hints of green apple and mineral on the finish.

    • Gold – 2006 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Silver – 2006 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Silver – 2005 Barossa Wine Show
    • Silver – 2005 Canberra Wine Show
    • Silver – 2005 Hobart Wine Show
    • Silver – 2007 International Wine Challenge
    • Bronze – 2005 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2005 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2005 Brisbane Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2006 International Wine Challenge London
    • Dan Berger
      Dan BergerVintage Experiences USA Mar 2006

      Exotic mineral note with honeysuckle; dry and crisp, made to go with oysters or other acid-based, lean foods. Aeration helps this stylish wine. Better in a few years.

  • 2004 Thorn Riesling
    • 92 Points – James Halliday
      James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2006

      Lime, spice and herb; fine and elegant; long palate and finish.

    • 90 Points – Robert Whitley
      Robert WhitleyWineReviewOnLine.com USA Feb 2006

      Eden Valley, a valley within a valley, benefits from its elevation, which cools and moderates the temperature and sets Eden Valley apart from the larger Barossa appellation, which is quite hot. This area is second only to the Clare in terms of its ability to produce high class Rieslings. Burge's 2004 Thorn Riesling is full and rich on the palate, shows an evolved minerality on the nose and ripe citrus, with an underpinning of firm acidity. Oh, and it's delicious, too.

    • Bronze – 2004 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 National Riesling Challenge
    • Other (4.5 Stars) – The Age Dec 2004
      The Age Dec 2004

      Grant Burge's credentials are second to none when it comes to producing excellent Eden Valley Rieslings, and the bonus is that they are a bargain. The Thorn '04 sums it up; brilliant greenish colour, pure lime, spice and mint varietal aromas, clean lime and lemon-like flavours, good depth and a dry, tangy finish. Great value.

    • Food & Wine Magazine USA Jun 2006
      Food & Wine Magazine USA Jun 2006

      Recommended in June 2006 issue of Food & Wine magazine USA (pages 18 & 134). On page 134, the Thorn Riesling is paired with Grilled Chinese Chicken Salad.

    • Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWineSpectator.com 2006

      More minerality than fruit in this dry, almost austere style of Riesling, offering lanolin and earthy lemon flavours that echo nicely on the finish.

    • Wine Enthusiast USA Apr 2006
      Wine Enthusiast USA Apr 2006

      Grant Burge 2004 Thorn Riesling Eden Valley Feminine on the nose, but a little broad on the palate. Pear and talc notes start things off, with heaps of stone fruit, white pepper and citrus flavours. A very good wine, but doesn't quite have the kick of acidity that it has had in recent vintages.

    • Ron Stalenberg
      Ron StalenbergCentral Coast Sun Weekly Dec 2005

      Top Five Wines of the Year Purity, finesse and intense varietal flavour. The colour is pale straw with green tints; the aroma spicy/citrusy and the palate intense, steely and taut. Enjoy now or hold for five years. Perfect with all that Christmas seafood.

    • James Halliday
      James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2006

      Generous citrus/lime aromas and flavours carry through to the finish; lots of weight; good value

    • The Sunday Time Nov 2004
      The Sunday Time Nov 2004

      Here is another example of the good value that Eden Valley Riesling represents. It has floral aromas, a touch of characteristic talc, is clean, fresh and lively with some lime-juice flavours and crisp, zippy acidity to finish.

  • 2003 Thorn Riesling
    • Bronze – 2003 Hobart Wine Show
  • 2002 Thorn Riesling
    • 91 points – Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWineSpectator.com 2005

      Deft and juicy, with wonderful aromas and flavours of flowers, grapefruit, resin and gooseberry persisting on the long, well-defined, dry finish. Should age nicely.

    • Gold – 2007 Sydney International Wine Competition
    • Silver – 2003 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Silver – 2003 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Silver – 2004 Canberra Wine Show
    • Silver – 2003 National Riesling Challenge
    • Silver – 2002 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 Brisbane Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2002 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2002 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2002 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2002 Canberra Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Royal Queensland Show
    • Graeme Phillips
      Graeme PhillipsThe Sunday Tasmanian Apr 2003

      Soft and sweet fruit, barley sugar, homey and lemons with much softer acid making the wine….more appealing to those who like their fruit.

    • OneWine Report Mar 2003
      OneWine Report Mar 2003

      Despite a fractionally sugary finish to please the crowds, this is a fragrant, musky Riesling with a long, mineral palate and a hint of austerity. Its perfumed aromas suggest talcum power, musky apples and pears, while its chalky palate finishes with lingering lemony flavours.

    • Ross Noble
      Ross NobleThe Courier Feb 2003

      The nose has the characteristic floral aromas of the Eden Valley Riesling, with spice and lime, while on the palate it is crisp and steely into a dry finish. The 2002 Grant Burge Thorn Eden Valley Riesling is a well balanced wine already but will benefit from five or more years in the cellar.

    • The Wine and Spirit Insider May 2003
      The Wine and Spirit Insider May 2003

      Delicate green colour. Ripe, spicy, varietal fruit nose, aromas of limes and lemons with kero notes. Lots of fabulous lime leaf flavours on the delicate acidic palate. Young, fresh and delicate. Drink it later

  • 2001 Thorn Riesling
    • 90 Points – James Halliday
      James Halliday

      Medium yellow-green; a soft, ripe lime/citrus/tropical bouquet is followed by a palate which is much tighter, crisper and more minerally than the bouquet suggests, finishing with good acidity.

    • 90 Points – James Halliday

      Medium yellow-green; a soft, ripe lime/citrus/tropical bouquet is followed by a palate which is much tighter, crisper and more minerally than the bouquet suggests, finishing with good acidity.

    • Silver – 2001 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2002 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2002 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2002 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2001 Perth Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2002 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2001 Barossa Wine Show
    • Decanter Magazine World Riesling Tasting Sep 2002
      Decanter Magazine World Riesling Tasting Sep 2002

      Powerful, attractive fruit. This wine kicks up a gear. Classy, balanced, fresh, yet with great potential.

  • 2000 Thorn Riesling
    • 94 Points – James Halliday
      James Halliday

      Light green-yellow; the bouquet is clean, quite fragrant, with a mix of lime and passionfruit. The palate is crisp, clean and quite intense, in a linear style, with lime, apple and passionfruit flavours; grip and length. Gold medal Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2000.

    • 94 Points – James Halliday

      Light green-yellow; the bouquet is clean, quite fragrant, with a mix of lime and passionfruit. The palate is crisp, clean and quite intense, in a linear style, with lime, apple and passionfruit flavours; grip and length. Gold medal Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2000.

  • 1998 Thorn Riesling
    • 94 Points – James Halliday
      James Halliday

      Light yellow-green; powerful aromatics leap from the glass the moment the wine is swirled, and the palate precisely replicates the bouquet in attractively full-frontal style. Top gold medal Class 1 1998 National Wine Show.

    • 94 Points – James Halliday

      Light yellow-green; powerful aromatics leap from the glass the moment the wine is swirled, and the palate precisely replicates the bouquet in attractively full-frontal style. Top gold medal Class 1 1998 National Wine Show.

  • Thorn Riesling
    • Bronze | 2016 Royal Queensland Wine Show

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