2013 Pewsey Vale Riesling Eden Valley South Australia

SKU #1142751 91 points James Halliday

 Bright straw-green; it is still at the very start of what will be a long journey, its skirts still wrapped around its ankles. There are lime and Granny Smith apple blossom aromas, and the palate has extreme focus and length, but nonetheless asks to be left alone for a year or two.

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright straw. Vibrant grapefruit, lemon zest and chalky minerals on the incisive nose, with notes of anise and honeysuckle adding complexity. Finely etched citrus zest flavors are complicated by notes of ginger and white pepper, gaining weight with air. The energetic, persistent finish repeats the floral note and leaves a stony quality behind.

K&L Notes

Pewsey Vale is one of Australia's leading Riesling producers, with a consistent offering of crisp, well-structured, and refreshing Riesling. They've had a string of very successful vintages recently, with repeated scores in the 90+ range. Made in a crisp, dry style, this Riesling leads with aromas of peach and lime blossom, followed by citrus and mineral notes on the palate. It is a terrific example of Eden Valley Riesling that ages well. Bright and juicy with vibrant acidity, this complements a variety of foods, especially seafood or spicy fare. Drink now through the next 5-7+ years.

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2014 | Send Email
Ultra clean and high acid, exactly what I want from Eden Valley riesling. Tons of citrus, low on other fruits. Drink it now!

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

South Australia

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Eden Valley