2018 Pewsey Vale 1961 Block Riesling

Year: 2018
Appellation: Eden Valley
Country: Australia
James Suckling: 96
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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James Suckling’s Top 100 Australia Wines 2019: #75

"A subtle yet concentrated nose, defined by lemon curd, white pepper, nutmeg, oyster shell and Granny Smith apples. Medium-to full-bodied and so driven by the acidity that lines every corner of this beauty. It’s also what gives structure to this wine, drawing all the pithy lemon flavors in and triangulating the attack. The finish is long and remarkable. Drink or hold. Screw cap."(JS)

Winery Notes:
The 2017 vintage marks the inaugural release of the Pewsey Vale Vineyard 1961 Block Riesling - a new interpretation of Riesling from this historic vineyard. The 1961 Block comes from the oldest vines at Pewsey Vale.

About the Vineyard:
Located in the center of the amphitheater on a gentle slope that faces due north and embraces the sun from its first to its last rays, this block is the dress circle of Pewsey Vale. The contours that the vineyard is planted on form natural terraces that maximize the effectiveness of the precious rain when it falls and helps to stop any erosion of the ancient gravel soil. This wine is proof that a healthy biodiverse vineyard needs little winemaking intervention as the grapes and yeast from the vineyard combine perfectly to make this wine.

Wine Production:
The growing season started with a wet winter and spring, filling up the soils, giving the vines a good start. Spring and early summer temperatures were mild and below average, resulting in a long and even ripening period. These ideal conditions for grape growing allowed us to make optimal picking decisions. The warm and dry days during late summer and autumn, combined with cool nights, lead to pristine fruit flavors and great acid retention. The grapes are hand-picked and the juice wild fermented and aged for a few months on lees before bottling and release.

Tasting Notes:
This wine is pristine with aromas and flavors of lemon myrtle and tea tree blossom, with crushed quartz minerality it is evocative, seamless and ageless. The wine shows great tautness as a young wine that will delight early drinkers as well as those who want to put it in the cellar for 15+ years.

Food Pairing:
Enjoy with kingfish sashimi and lime jelly or vegetable spring rolls with Vietnamese herbs.