Pewsey Vale Prima Riesling 2008

Riesling from South Australia, Australia

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Item No. 104964
  • white wine
  • screw cap wine
  • WS90
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 9.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2007
  • WS89

Winemaker's Notes

Very pale in colour with green hues; the aroma has a hint of the classic Pewsey Vale Riesling characters but is most prevalent of lemon blossom and home-made lime cordial. The palate shows great length with a vibrancy of perfumed fruits such as guava, mandarin and sweet peach overlaid with a touch of spicy clove. The balance of the wine is succulent and mouth-watering and invites a second glass. Both Pewsey Vale Vineyard Riesling and this style of wine have great pedigrees for ageing, so even though this is only the second Prima Riesling made, we know that the wine will cellar well, slowly developing flavour layers of fresh toast and spice for many years. (5-15+)

Prima Riesling is an early harvest style of wine made from grapes picked three to four weeks before the rest of the vineyard. Chosen for their fine citrus flavours the grapes were carefully selected when their natural sugar levels were near 10º baumé. The final wine has been made in a semi-dry style which retains some of the fruit sugars in balance with the chalky mineral acidity. The naturally lower alcohol of the wine further heightens its refreshing character.

Prima Riesling is our first use of the Vinolok closure for Pewsey Vale, a reusable and recyclable glass stopper that visually enhances the exotic nature of this wine whilst preserving its pure fruit flavours.

Critical Acclaim

"Smooth and distinctive, with lovely pear and nectarine fruit that balances against lively acidity. There's sweetness, but the acidity cuts it well, and this finishes as mouthwatering. An early-harvest style. Drink now through 2013."
90 Points

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Rating:
(9/29/2010)
This was fruity without being too sweet, and just slightly spicy. I wanted to buy a case, but could get only one bottle. I should have ordered earlier. I douubt there will ever be more.
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Learn About Pewsey Vale Map ItMap It

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 metres and 500...

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Learn About South Australia

The majority of wines from Australia come from this state. Home to the red wine regions of McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia produces some of the finest red wines of the country, and some say in the world. White wines gain their reputation from the distinctive Rieslings of Clare Valley.

Learn About Riesling

Riesling (REEZ-leeng) The Riesling grape is happiest in a cooler climate, one that fosters its slow and steady ripening. Often assumed to be the producer of only sweet wines, Riesling is a fascinating grape of many faces. From bone dry to lusciously sweet, this variety is delicious at any sugar level with its intense aromas and steely acidity. Most popular in...

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