Pewsey Vale Riesling (South Australia)

Pewsey Vale Riesling / Eden Valley South Australia / $15.99 / 12% alc / 2011

WS 2009 88 Opens w/multi-dimensional citrus character, followed by decadent tones of kiwi & guava. Crisp & long in the mouth w/ a final note of lemon, & a long finish. Drink now or hold a few years for more nuanced complexity.  WE 2011 91 Vibrant, bracing, aims pear, pineapple & lime flavs straight to the palate. Persists impressively on the finish. Drink now through 2018 Winemaker Notes Renowned for their delicacy, finesse & intense lemon & lime characters. Grapes are left on the vines to achieve their full ripening potential, made possible by the cooler harvest conditions at the high altitude. High levels of well-balanced acids greatly contribute to the ageing potential of these wines.

Pewsey Vale Vineyard was first planted to Riesling by Joseph Gilbert in 1847. The site was later purchased by well-known grazier Geoff Angas-Parsons whom in 1961 invited his friend Wyndham Hill Smith to jointly develop the historic vineyard site. They believed the site could produce “delicate Rieslings in the Germanic style”.

With an altitude varying between 485 meters and 500 meters, Pewsey Vale sits 250 meters above the Barossa Valley floor. The cooler temperatures found at this height encourage a longer ripening period which extends well into autumn. This longer ripening period is essential for producing superior quality grapes with exceptional flavor and character – hallmarks of Pewsey Vale wines. Block to block variation enables winemakers to select from separate parcels of fruit to tailor wines to the Pewsey Vale style, ensuring consistency from vintage to vintage.

Winemaker’s notes:

The 2010 Pewsey Vale Riesling is a rich and intensely flavored wine. Classic fruit aromas on the nose with talcum, crushed stone and limes and a hint of dried herbs. The palate shows great length and depth with lemon and limes. The wine finishes with a soft but fresh natural acidity which balances the flavor intensity and a minerality that will reward medium to long-term cellaring.  “Light straw-green; a classic display of Even Valley regional character on bouquet and palate alike, with lime and lemon aromas and flavors jousting each other for space; relatively speaking, should develop quite quickly. ”

93 Points Australian Wine Companion

“A superb buy for lovers of dry Riesling – Pewsey Vale’s 2010 Eden Valley Riesling reveals intense aromas of warm grapefruit, spicy poached pears, apricots, acacia honey and jasmine. Dry, very crisp, medium bodied and concentrated in flavors, it has a long finish. It’s still a touch youthfully tight, so it is best approached 2012 to 2018+. ”

91 Points The Wine Advocate

“Bright straw. Intense aromas of lime zest, quince, pear and herbs, with a dusty floral quality adding lift. Taut, penetrating and pure, with pungent citrus pith and orchard fruit flavors underscored by a zesty white pepper element. Becomes more floral with air and finishes on a clinging note of honeysuckle. Really impressive for New World Riesling.”

91 Points

International Wine Cellar

“Light and tangy, with a tart balance to the ripe pineapple and grapefruit flavors that pop through on the long, vivid finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,800 cases imported.”

90 Points Wine Spectator

“Hints at honey, apple and citrus on the nose, then delivers all of those notes minus the implied sweetness and coupled with high acid levels. Although this is in a nice place now as an aperitif or with oysters, it should hold nicely for at least 5-7 years, adding richness and versatility as it ages.”

90 Points Wine Enthusiast


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