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2017 Pewsey Vale 1961 Block Riesling

2017 Pewsey Vale 1961 Block Riesling

Character filled, softness and mineral charm in spades. Superb.'
95 Points - Mike Bennie

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$179.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

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  • 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. Located in the centre of the amphitheatre 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 maximise 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.


    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 flavours 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. This wine is pristine with aromas and flavours 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.


    'The first release from the 56yo vines. It has the precision, length and balance of the best of the Contours; crispy acidity lifts the finish and aftertaste. The drink to date 20 years hence is not fanciful.'
    95 Points - James Halliday

    'Pretty perfume of frangipani and green leaves, fragrant ginger and lemongrass, citrus, pith and juice, grapefruit sorbet. Such a lovely start. Beautiful texture and softeness of mineral-draped acidity. Slate, wet pebble, then the tang of citrus, touch of tonic water, pop of green herbs, maybe even eucalyptus in there. Character filled, softness and mineral charm in spades. Superb.'
    95 Points - Mike Bennie

    'From a block of vines planted in 1961. A dry style like the regular Pewsey (both are normally below 2 grams/litre), and this seems a shade fuller than the standard wine, with a more textured palate. There's the merest suggestion of tannin adding structure, and it could be served with heartier foods.'
    95 Points - Huon Hooke