2003 Elysium Verdelho
The vigneron at Elysium Vineyard in the Hunter Valley has every right to be proud of her new vintage Verdelho. It is a fresh and vibrant wine, with none of the dreaded coarseness or alcoholic hotness that can so often spoil this variety. The nose, with its tones of lemon zest and fresh apple, is inviting. And the palate, which is both structured and balanced, tastes of fresh fruit salad. There is a hint of grassiness, which improves rather than detracts from the wine and the finish is crisp and clean.
A classy partner to a long, lazy lunch, though perfectly delightful served alone.
Vigneron: Victoria Foster
© Toni Paterson July 2003
Editor's note: Elysium 1999 was subsequently awarded a Gold Medal at the 2003 Hunter Valley Wine Show, only the second Verdelho ever to score gold. It was half-a-point off winning the trophy for Best White Wine of Show, which went to Tyrrells 1997 Semillon. The 1999 had previously won four bronzes in successive years.