2007 Pewsey Vale Riesling Eden Valley South Australia

SKU #1037027

90 points and a Smart Buys designation from the Wine Spectator: "Light, delicate and immensely appealing for its gentle lime, orange peel, peach and mineral aromas and flavors, lingering on the refined finish. Drink now through 2017." 90(+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright straw. Racy lime and pink grapefruit aromas are complicated by dusty minerals and white pepper, with a subtle white flower quality adding interest. Light-bodied, fresh citrus and tangy green apple flavors deliver solid punch and gain depth and sweetness with air but are almost weightless. Clean and brisk on the finish. This will reward cellaring." (Jul/Aug 08) According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Riesling is medium straw-colored with an attractive perfume of slate/mineral, spring flowers, and citrus. Made in a fruit-forward style with good flavors, this tasty Riesling can be enjoyed over the next 6 years. Also tasted: 2006 Riesling (89), 2007 Pinot Gris (82), 2007 Gewurztraminer (82) Pewsey Vale was the first Australian wine to be sealed with a Stelvin screw cap in 1976. Aside from that factoid, the winery specializes in Riesling from their high elevation estate vineyard in the cool Eden Valley." (10/07)

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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.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Eden Valley