Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Prima Pewsey Vale Vineyard Riesling 2008
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 10° 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. of this wine whilst preserving its pure fruit flavours. The Pewsey Vale Prima Riesling exhibits a purity of style. Very pale in colour with green hues; the aroma has a hint of the classic Pewsey Vale Riesling characters but is most redolent 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. This wine should cellar well, slowly developing flavour layers of fresh toast and spice for many years (5-15+).
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Pewsey Vale Vineyard was first planted toRiesling by Joseph Gilbert in 1847. The site waslater purchased by well known grazier GeoffAngas-Parsons whom in 1961 invited his friendWyndham Hill Smith to jointly develop thehistoric vineyard site. They believed the site couldproduce 'delicate Rieslings in the Germanicstyle'. High in Eden Valley (nearly 500m above sealevel) the quality of the vineyard is a reflection ofthis altitude and the low-fertility, grey, sandyloam soils which prolong ripening into the coolautumn season. This long ripening perioddevelops unique, consistent flavour profiles,which we now describe as 'classic Pewsey Vale'.Grapes for The Contours Riesling, our flagshipRiesling with 5 years bottle age, are selected fromthe oldest vines, planted in contoured rows in1962.
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