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St John's Road

Peace of Eden



Where is your sanctuary? Your unspoilt paradise? Your state of great happiness? Where do you feel safe? Loved? At peace? Is it in nature? Is it at home? Surrounded by friends and family? With everything in abundance? With every need met? Where’s your Peace of Eden?

The peace and tranquillity of the cool climate Eden Valley is ideally suited to yielding the clean, pure flavours of Riesling. Our approach of minimal intervention enables the true characteristics of each vintage and the vines to speak for themselves.


Vintages and Tasting notes
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Wine Press and Accolades

2019 Peace of Eden: 90 points - James Suckling – 09/06/2020

Lime cordial and some fragrant perfume too, this is fresh and lively on the nose. The palate has a smoothly rendered feel with lime-pastry and pith to close. Drink now. Screw cap.

2019 Peace of Eden: 93 points - Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front – 09/06/2020


Grown mostly on 40-year-old vines in the Flaxman’s Valley area of the Eden Valley. I’d reckon this is a bargain. It does all the basics right. It has excellent line and length, trademark citrus and bath salt flavours, and a beautifully dry, essentially textural finish. It smells and tastes exactly as you’d want/hope. The combination of fragrance to start and dryness to finish; it works so well here.

2019 Peace of Eden: John Rozentals – 12/05/2020

Riesling is right at home growing in the coolish hills on the edge of the Barossa Valley proper and some of the country’s top examples of dry white made from the variety hail from here. The wine is fresh and crisp, and goes a treat with lighter seafood and salads.

2019 Peace of Eden: 93 points - Angus Hughson - Wine Pilot – 20/04/2020

It’s the purity of Eden Valley Riesling that makes it one of the country’s top regions for this grape variety; the elegance and restraint of fruit with its vibrant acidity which gives the local wines an edge, which this wine from St John’s Road beautifully displays. It starts very shy and youthful with its lifted citrus pith, green apple and talcum powder floral fruits that show good concentration. The palate is then pure, dry and understated with a touch of minerality with fine, detailed and elegant fruit driven by crisp and well balanced acidity. The Eden Valley refinement is there too, making for a cracking drink now, although it also has the structure to age, but why bother when it is a great drink right now.

2018 Peace of Eden: 91 points - Steven Creber - Halliday Wine Companion – 19/08/2019

Distinctively Eden Valley riesling on the bouquet, but offering some lifted blossom-like notes to go with the familiar lemon butter and mineral aromas. Relatively soft and full on the palate as the style goes, with a slight sweetness about the fruit. Has sufficient acidity but it’s not pronounced. Very approachable now, and suited to short or medium term cellaring.

2018 Peace of Eden: 90 points - Steve Leszczynski - QWine – 19/03/2019

Sand between the toes and fish and chips are calling. A good Riesling to chill out with. From three growers in the Eden Valley, this is a refreshing Riesling oozing juicy factor and crisp acidity. There’s some noticeable weight behind the fruit. It’s all citrus with lemons and lime leaf leading the charge with a faint whiff of cucumber. A line of spice pushes through at an even tempo with taut acidity keeping everything in line. It’s a good drink. Drink now.

2018 Peace of Eden Riesling: 91 points - Huon Hooke – 01/03/2019

Light yellow colour. The bouquet is lightly-yeasty and also spicy, with notes of gardenia, the palate focused and taut, long and lean with good intensity. There are green herb as well as fresh flower aromas.

2017 Peace of Eden Riesling: 92 points - Halliday Wine Companion – 01/07/2018

The character and quality of this wine only become apparent on the finish and aftertaste, when the wheels of the poker machine stop spinning and the coins cascade into the tray. Give the rich citrus lemon, lime and mandarin fruits a couple of years and you’ll have a wine fit for any dish or conversation you choose.

2017 Peace of Eden Riesling: 92 points – Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front – 01/11/2017

“Grown mostly on 39-year-old vines in the Flaxman’s Valley area of the Eden Valley. It feels settled, composed and at-ease with itself, but it doesn’t lack tension and it has all the finish you could hope for. It drinks well now but you get the feeling that its best will be in the medium term. Talc, florals, spices and then lime and red apple. There’s a bit of ‘body’ to this. A softness too. It will find friends easily.”

2017 Peace of Eden Riesling: 94+ points – Kim Brebach - BWU20 – 01/11/2017

“Quite different from the classic, crisp and delicate 2016. More forward, bigger and richer, and not as aromatic as some of the 2017s from SA. Give it a few months to settle down, and it’ll be great with food. 94+ points. BUY.”

2017 Peace of Eden Riesling: Dan Traucki - Wine Assist – 01/12/2017

“Gorgeous, with oodles of citrus on the bouquet- limes and lemons, crisp zingy citrus laden palate, a classical E.V. style Riesling that lingers ever so well. A REAL KEEPER”

2016 Peace of Eden: 93 Points – Tony Keys - The Key Report – 01/03/2017

“Attractive lime nose, drinking really well now. Spritz at the beginning of the palate then racy riesling character starts mid-way and takes it to the end, at this stage the finish is underdeveloped but that will come as 2017 rolls on, so 93 now with one maybe two more down the track, good buy at $22.”

2016 Peace of Eden Riesling: GOLD MEDAL (ELITE GOLD) - 96 POINTS – Canberra International Wine Challenge – 01/11/2016

2016 Peace of Eden Riesling: 92 points - Toni Paterson - The Real Review – 01/10/2016

Hats off to the team at St John’s Road for making a continually impressive selection of wines. There’s no shortage of interest and appeal in this wine. Wafting top notes of lime blossom and lemon zest followed by a soft and weighty palate with bright and lively acidity. It is a wine of finesse, purity and freshness – just perfect for sunny days.

2016 Peace of Eden Riesling: 94 points – Huon Hooke - Hooked on Wine – 01/10/2016

“Bright, medium yellow-green hue; yeasty aroma, limey and beautiful to sniff. The palate is full and broad, generous and rich, finishing dry, with ripe fruit richness and breadth. A superb, bigger style of Aussie riesling. Big finish and very long aftertaste. Concentrated. This should cellar superbly ”

2016 Peace of Eden Riesling: 4.5 Stars – Tony Love - The Advertiser – 01/09/2016

“Another quintessential Eden Valley release, this time leaning to the razor edged side of the style spectrum, yet still showing off to start with its typical fragrances of white flower to gather your senses ready for its suggestion of cut green apples and lemon juice, all crunchy and salivating and definitely designed for those who like their palates tingled with electric acidity. ”

2016 Peace of Eden Riesling: 92 points – Campbell Mattinson - Wine Companion – 01/09/2016

“Very good delivery of flavour. Apple, lime and talc-spice characters give the wine a keen sense of energy. Both dry and highly drinkable at once.”

2016 Peace of Eden Riesling: 92 points – Gary Walsh - The Wine Front – 01/08/2016

“Pretty consistent performer this Peace of Eden. Youthful flowery perfume, whiff of banana with lime underneath. Light bodied, but generous in flavour, subtle powdery texture, crunchy lime and stony finish of good length. Still settling into bottle, and late summer 2017 would seem a good time to start drinking. ‘A gentle charmer’ may be a good way to describe it.”

2016 Peace of Eden Riesling: 97 points – Kim Brebach - BWU$20 – 01/08/2016

“…seductive aromatics, along with the depth and length and finesse that are the hallmarks of this year. There’s so much bright energy here, the wine almost leaps out of the glass. Clearly John and Phil have access to some of the best fruit in the Eden Valley, and know exactly what to do with it. I can’t recall the last time I gave a $20 97 points but this one is brilliant, so it’s a MUST BUY. ”

2015 Peace of Eden Riesling: 93 Points – Kim Brebach – 01/04/2016

“This is a classy, typical EV Riesling made by Phil Lehmann. It’s an each way bet like most 2015s from SA: You can enjoy it now for its fresh lime aromatics and crisp flavour or let it fill out for a few years.”

2015 Peace of Eden Riesling: 93 Points – Tony Keys - The Key Report – 01/03/2016

“Another wine that had vibrant green/gold colour that was a delight to look at, lime nose, full on the palate, good finish. 93 points, worth its $22.”

2015 Peace of Eden Riesling: 92 points – The Wine Front - Gary Walsh – 01/01/2016

“Clare or Eden? I tend to switch my preference every couple of years, though, of course, I’m happy to go both ways. Pretty and floral, but generous in flavour. I’m thinking lime and sweet lemon, some of that old slate feel, clean whip of acidity and a finish that’s dry and juicy at once. Hard to overcome the opinion, given its tastiness now, that this will be best consumed young.”

2015 Peace of Eden Riesling: 92 points – Huon Hooke - Hooked on Wine – 01/12/2015

“Medium-yellow colour and a lime leaf, green herb aroma, slightly savoury and drying, with a talcy, sandalwood note. A little mouth-puckering. The wine is a bigger style, broad-shouldered and ample. The finish is firm, dry and long. Very good”

2014 Peace of Eden Riesling: 95 points – Kim Brebach, BWU$20 – 01/05/2015

“This is classic Eden Valley Riesling with all you could ask for by way of ripe limes and apples and bath powder, all perfectly balanced on a fine, long acid backbone. Given the lean 12% alcohol, I was surprised by the depth of aromas and flavour until I checked the specs and found 5.4 g of residual sugar. It’s not enough to taste, but just enough to take the bone out of bone-dry. This is the best 2014 Riesling I’ve tasted from South Australia, and it avoids the short finish. I rarely give a wine 95 points but this wine deserves it. The wine gets similar scores from Messrs Halliday, Shanahan and Keys.”

2014 Peace of Eden Riesling: 94 points – Chris Shanahan – 01/04/2015

“Barossa winemaker Phil Lehmann generally makes rieslings with generous mid-palate fruit flavours. In the warm 2014 vintage, nature lent Lehmann a hand, providing flavour-packed fruit – to a degree that surprised a few of us at a recent tasting. Young rieslings can be on the austere side. But Peace of Eden provided a big, fruity aroma and a generous, clearly varietal, palate to match. Despite its rich, upfront fruit flavour, the wine sat light and fresh on the palate, with a delicate structure and zippy, dry finish.”

2014 Peace of Eden Riesling: 95 points – James Halliday – 01/04/2015

“While cold settling of free-run juice followed by a cool ferment in stainless steel is standard stuff, titratable acidity of 7.6g/l set against 5.4g/l of residual sugar isn’t common in temperate regions such as the Eden Valley. Pale, gleaming green-straw; miraculously, the acidity is more than balanced by luscious Bickfords lime juice flavours. Classic drink now or later.”

2014 Peace of Eden Riesling: 94 points – Tony Keys - The Key Report – 01/01/2015

“Showing really well at the time of tasting (January 2015), easy across the palate, well balanced and a lovely sour edge that meant it went well at the table. 94 points. Value at $22.”

2014 Peace of Eden Riesling: 91 Points – Gary Walsh - The Wine Front – 01/01/2015

“Very blossomy and aromatic, talc and icing sugar over lemon. Fairly bold in the flavour department, all ripe lemon and soft squishy juicy fruit, mild chalky texture and a subtle sweetness ona fairly long finish. Tasty. Good to drink. Etc”

2014 Peace of Eden Riesling: 91 Points – What Huon thinks - huonhooke.com – 01/10/2014

“Light straw colour and pungent, intense floral aroma recalling jasmine flowers. It’s only just been bottled but the aroma is extraordinary. It’s tight and delicate in the mouth, intense and refined, fragrant and lovely, The palate has softness and frutiness, with good acidity which is not obvious, plus a little sweetness (under 5g/l) which will not be apparent to most drinkers. Result: excellent drinkability.”

2012 Peace of Eden Riesling: 90 points – James Halliday Wine Companion – 01/03/2013

“Light straw-green: has the mix of ripe though fine lime and lemon that is the hallmark of Eden Valley, the depth of fruit will allow the wine to develop reasonably quickly, it is already accessible. 90 Points.”

2012 Peace of Eden Riesling: Top 5 Finalist – Winestate Magazine - Wine of the Year 2012 edition – 01/12/2012

“Top 5 finalist in its award Catergory (Riesling).”

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