2015 Pewsey Vale Riesling Eden Valley South Australia (Dry)

SKU #1222701 95-96 points James Suckling

 Very pure lemons and limes here that are concentrated, stony and fragrant. There's very pure fruit focus here, as this has the right balance of acid and texture. It's smooth, fleshy, dense, really deep and will drink early and live long.  (6/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Starting with pronounced green apples, citrus and white pepper, the 2015 Riesling leads to some notes of coriander seed and jasmine. Light, dry, lively and fresh on the palate, this Riesling is still a little tight, but possesses some spicy hints and great length. (LPB)  (6/2016)

90 points Vinous

 Light, bright yellow. Ripe citrus fruits, fig, green tea and a hint of honey on the nose. Shows more roundness and heft than usual for this bottling, offering pliant orange and pear flavors and a subtle touch of honeysuckle. Finishes smooth, seamless and persistent, with a building mineral note and repeating orchard fruit character. (JR)  (3/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buys* Apple, lemon blossom and pear flavors are lively and open-textured, showing finesse and lingering beautifully on the finish. Drink now through 2025. (MW)  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

A brand new release from perennial favorite Pewsey Vale Vineyard. This single vineyard site has been producing Riesling since it was first planted in 1847; the current owners replanted in the 1960s with cuttings from those original vines. The vineyard sits at around 1600 feet in elevation; this altitude provides cool nights and great acid retention locking in the freshness and vitality of fruit. When you consider all of this heritage and pedigree (plus that fact that it's delicious) I think this wine represents a phenomenal value for money. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L Australian wine buyer) Winemaker's Notes: "The 2015 is a classic example of dry Eden Valley Riesling, showing the flavours we see so consistently each year from this wonderful single vineyard. This wine shows intense aromas of talcum and lemon lime fruit, with a fine floral perfume overlaying dried herb. The palate shows great length and depth with limes, white flowers and fresh rosemary. The wine finishes with a fresh natural acidity, which balances the flavour intensity, and a minerality that will reward medium to long-term cellaring. Delicacy, finesse and intense lemon and lime characters are the hallmarks of this well-balanced wine."

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By: James Knight | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2015 | Send Email
What they said. And I'll add a comparison for those who may be more familiar with domestic market Riesling: for me, this hits somewhere in between the Trefethen Dry Riesling and the Kung Fu Girl Washington State Riesling -- and in between their respective prices, too. I find even more apple fruit here than in 2014, with a zippy grapefruit edge; not so much lime, for me. Also aromatic of white flowers, and the powdered sugar on an apple candy. If you find your Rieslings keep getting drier, like a Scotch fan finds the age statements they buy keep getting older, check out this fine Aussie version, while waiting for the main event: the next Museum Reserve.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2015 | Send Email
One of the finest values in white wine from anywhere in the world. Pewsey Vale have once again hit it out of the park with this classically styled, bone dry, juicy, citrus filled, mineral intensive, quintessential Eden Valley Riesling. White flowers, lime zest and wet stones leap from the glass. The palate is full of electric acidity and slatey minerals. Zippy citrus flavors race all around your palate; it has a very mouthwatering, talcy texture. Fresh, vibrant and zesty...perfect for upcoming Dungeness Crab season! At this price it's a total steal.
Top Value!

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2015 | Send Email
This is a light, dry and charming Eden Valley Riesling. Great aromatics of stone fruits with a splash of citrus. Medium light bodied with the same flavors as aromas. Lime and minerals echo on the sneaky long finish. Absent from this is that slight petrol note that I have found in the last several vintages.

By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/6/2015 | Send Email
Another gorgeous and a bit more overt Pewsey Vale is presented in the 2015 vintage. The nose displays aromas of talc, nectarine and apricot, lemon pith, a hint of wild rosemary, wet stone, minerals and a white floral note. On the palate the wine has good body and flesh with superb supporting acidity and length. Classic Eden Valley Riesling from this special site.

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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

Specific Appellation:

Eden Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 12