2022 Pewsey Vale Riesling, Eden Valley, South Australia
Australia’s early economy was said to have ridden on the sheep’s back. John Macarthur is credited as the first to introduce the merino breed that led to the boom on the back of wool. What is less known is that in 1847, Riesling cuttings from his Camden Park farm on the outskirts of what is now Sydney were collected and planted in the Eden Valley in South Australia. Moving forward 100 plus years and one could say we are riding on the back of a bottle of Eden Valley Riesling as it is world class.
The 2022 Pewsey Vale Riesling is from the site where the original cuttings were planted way back in 1847 within the Eden Valley in South Australia. It is an almost clear colourless wine with a slight yellow green straw marking its presence in the glass. The nose is bright with citrus blossoms sitting deftly against the citrus zest, herbs and a talc-like minerality. The palate plays out the citrus flavours with lemon and lime in equal abundance. It is a lightly oily texture where the minerals evolve against the slinky acidity to deliver excellent persistence and mouthfeel, confirming we continue to ride on the back of our agricultural pursuits.
Rating: 94 pts
Drink: Now; 3-10 yrs
Tasted: January 2023