Thank the folks at Pewsey Vale for aging this stellar wine five years before its release. The result is what Australian Rieslings aspire to become, a medium-bodied wine of uncommon elegance. Orange marmalade, honey and toast characters mingle easily yet finish crisp, long and completely dry. Drink now or hold through 2015, possibly longer.
It’s a rare treat when a winery bottle-ages a wine for you, but that’s exactly what’s happened here. The result is a top-notch dry Aussie Riesling that’s just entering its plateau of maturity, where it should stay for another 5–10 years. Slightly honeyed notes soften the intense scents of crushed stones, then pick up hints of tangerine on the palate. Replacing the…
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 apéritif or with oysters, it should hold nicely for at least 5–7 years, adding richness and versatility as it ages.
Punched up aromas of lime sherbet, talcum powder and apple blossom only tell part of the story. This is a concentrated wine with a firm backbone of acid that shows off the intense citrus character, plus hints of crushed stone and underripe peaches. Drink now–2020.
Lovely acidity is this Riesling’s hallmark; it’s round but crisp in the mouth. Offers lovely lemon, lime and white pepper flavors in the mouth, and smells just as it tastes. Finishes with some length, and a chalky feel.
This is a reasonably full-bodied, rounded example of Australian Riesling that smells of honey and peaches, but with a sense of underlying stony bedrock. It’s minerally on the palate, with just enough frills to dress it up, turning lusher on the finish. Good price, too.
Fresh, with a slate edge to the upfront lime and green plum fruit. More than a hint of sweetness mingles with lemon and lime zest notes on the somewhat disappointingly short finish. Try with shrimp in mango salsa.
A classic Eden Valley Riesling, the Pewsey Vale opens with multi-dimensional citrus character, followed by decadent tones of kiwi and guava. Crisp and long in the mouth, there’s a real sense of elegance here. A final note of lemon adds a refreshing element to the long finish. Drink now or hold a few years for more nuanced complexity.