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Pewsey Vale

www.pewseyvale.com

Browns Rd, Angaston, 5353

Cellar Door: Via Yalumba

Ph: (08) 8561 3200

Pewsey Vale vines
Pewsey Vale vines in March 2007

Pewsey Vale is a single vineyard Yalumba brand that is located at about 540m on in the Eden valley part of the Barossa Ranges. It is mostly a Riesling brand but there is some Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris.

The land has rocky outcrops, with sandy loam on pebble subsoil. Grapes were grown here as far backas 1847 by pioneer Joseph Gilbert. In 1864 the London Medical Times commented on the powerful vinous flavours of Pewsey Vale. Wine production halted at some stage and did not resume until Yalumba spotted it in 1961 as prime location for quality Rieslings.

While part of the Yalumba stable it has always maintained its identity as a separate brand. The wine was the first to be bottled with a Stelvin screwcap, although the public backlash did cause the abandonment of the initiative for nearly 20 years.

After a dip in form due to bad harvest weather the Rieslings are back to their former glory, particularly the premium Contours series and the new off-dry Prima. The Prima features the new experimental Vino-lok glass seal.

Current winemaker is the rising star, Louise Rose, who also is winemaker at Yalumba stall-mate, Hill-Smith Estate. Louise helped run her family vineyard in the Yarra Valley (Rising Vineyard). She was the dux of the 1992 Roseworthy graduates and frequently acts as a national and regional wine judge.

Pewsey Vale vines
The innovative recyclable glass Vino-lok seal on the Prima Riesling
Tasting Notes

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(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Latest Reviews

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2016

Purchased: Woolworths, Preston, Melbourne ($28)

Drink: 2018 or 2026 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: March  2017,  floral and generous lemon and lime with hints of pineapple, rosemary and white flowers, some musky undertones, talcy and slaty with crunchy grapefruit acidity, a bit riper and plumper than usual (****)

 

Pewsey Vale  The Contours Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, released as aged wine, powerful and linear lime cordial, lemon butter and rose oil with a hint of kerosene, talcy spine, very long with the limey acidity showing plenty of vibrancy for another deuce in the cellar (*****)

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2015

Purchased: Northcote BWS ($18)

Drink: 2017 or 2025+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting:: Nov 2015, in the familiar floral and slaty style showing lemon sherbet, lime and apple with musky spice with white flower and rosemary notes, talcy with firm grapefruit acidity, good line and length, consistent good value (****1/2)

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2016 or 2022+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2015, Gold Medal at National Wine Show 2014, floral and slightly estery barley lemon and lime cordial with musk and lavender notes, chalky with a crisp, rather than penetrating finish, not particularly long (****)

Pewsey Vale Prima 23gr Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2022+

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2015, off-dry, spicy lemon barley, nectarine and sweet limes with citrus blossom and cinnamon notes, quite long and linear with a chalky spine and some slate notes, not as succulent as the best examples of the style (****)

Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2023+

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2014, Gold Medal at Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2014, release is held back for release as a mature, aged wine, albeit in its transitional phase, focussed lime juice, lemon butter and rose oil with musky spices, emerging toastiness and subtle touch of kerosene, talcy texture with refreshing lime citrus acidity to last another decade in the cellar (*****)

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2011

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Melb CBD ($16)

Drink: 2013 or 2018 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2012, perfumed granny smith apple and lemon drop with musk, citrus blossom and bath powder notes, long and shapely palate with a minerally lemon sherbert-infused texture, lively grapefruit acidity, a little more open and less focussed than the 2010 vintage but still represents good value (****)

Pewsey Vale Prima Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2012 or 2022 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, off-dry early harvest style with 20 gms/l residual sugar and a modest 9% alcohol, pristine lemon rind, green apple, nectarine and citrus blossom with clove and cinnamon spice, very long with fine minerality and well judged acidity to counterpoint the sweetness, stylish and well balanced (****1/2)

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2010

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Melb CBD ($18)

Drink: 2012 or 2020 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, cleanly defined and aromatic lime, granny smith apple and fleshy nectarine with musk, jasmine and bathpowder notes, shapely and taut core of fruit with powdery lemon sherbert texture, fresh and focussed acidity, one of Australia’s best mass circulation under $20 dry whites, easy to drink one now but worth putting another in the cellar (****1/2)

Pewsey Vale Prima Riesling 2009

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Melb CBD ($23)

Drink: 2011 or 2020 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, Pewsey Vale were the first in Australia to champion the screwcap, now the closure is the new glass Vino-Lok, early picked with a distinctly Rhine Valley off-dry style with red apple and lime with jasmine and lavandar, creamy and honeyed with a chalky texture and some residual sugar, crisp and clean malic acids although I would have liked to see a bit more acid drive even if it is early picked to boost the acids (****)

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Museum Release The Contours Riesling 2003

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, delayed release as an aged wine, developing yellow-green colour, despite the age the lime and lemon flavours are still piercing, a bit transitional at the moment but is developing toasty and waxy secondary features that build along the palate, chalky texture with a steely citrus acid finish, has the balance and power to develop for another decade (****1/2)

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($15-cellar door price)

Drink: 2011 or 2017 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, lively and tangy lime and lemon sherbert with musk, tropical fruit and spice notes, gentle bath powder texture with zesty lemon acids and wet slate on the finish, shapely and long but not quite the precision of the 2008 vintage (****)

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Gewurztraminer 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, slightly austere rosewater, lime, spice and musk with a backbone of lychee infused powdery minerality providing shape and drive, track record indicates that it needs time to unfold but will reward patience (****)

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2008

Purchased: Not ($15-cellar door price)

Drink: 2010 or 2020 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2009, floral and piercing lime and lemon rind with rose petal, spice and musk, a long shapely backbone of talcy lemon sherbert minerality, considerable length and focus to the slaty finish, outperforms its price point and recent track record, certainly picked before the March heatwave (****1/2)

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Prima Riesling 2007

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: April 2008, inaugural vintage for this sweeter off-dry style, reminiscent of Mosel Kabinett, up front brown lime, apple, mango and lemon rind flavours and balanced by the delicate minerality and refreshing citric acidity, clean and lingering with not too much residual sugar showing, only 9.5% alcohol a plus for the style, a promising beginning despite the vintage (****)

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2007

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2007, the broad palate shows lemon sherbert and lime with a touch of candied peach and kiwifruit, chalky minerality, softer acids than normal perhaps reflecting the extremely hot and dry vintage, it was harvested a month earlier than normal (***)

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Gewurztraminer 2006

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, highly aromatic nose, intense lychee and passionfruit, buttery palate, dry finish, not particularly varietal (***)

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2006

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2006, generous lime and lemon rind nose with herbal hints, candied pear palate with tropical fruit notes but also crisp lemon with minerally acid finish (***1/2)

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2005

Purchased: Vintage Cellars, Chinatown, Melb CBD ($21)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: March 2006, intense lime and citrus nose with herbal hints, palate has greater intensity and depth than the 2004, crisp lemon with minerally acid finish (****)

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2004

Purchased: Espy Hotel, St. Kilda ($20)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2005, intense lime and citrus nose but the palate is lacking the lime freshness of the 2003 vintage, still has refreshing crisp lemon with some tropical fruit notes (***1/2)

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2003

Purchased: Norman Park BWS, Brisbane ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2005, refreshing and intense lime and fruit flavours of young Riesling suitable for a Qld summer evening, aromatic with fresh acid finish, but will benefit from three or four years cellaring (****)

Pewsey Vale Museum Release The Contours Riesling 1999

(W) Ripe lime and lemon nose, a late shows citrus flavours, lime peel and marmalade before finishing off with lemon crispness

Purchased: BWS Kingston Shops, Canberra ($27)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Not Reviewed Yet