On the second of a two-part edition of Let’s Taste, I continue to look at wines from Pewsey Vale that have recently been released. ‘The Contours’ is considered to be one of Australia’s best riesling wines, and I was honoured to be able to compare two vintages of this wine side-by-side. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and feel free to recommend some more rieslings for me to try!
Very excited on this edition of Let’s Taste to look at the 2017 rieslings from Pewsey Vale, particularly having tasted across the 2016 wines previously. The big difference on this occasion is there is a new wine to the range, and it was fascinating seeing how it fit in with the other wines of the same vintage. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and stand by for a part two looking at two different vintages of The Contours Riesling.
I’m always happy to receive samples from wineries, particularly from wineries in the Hill-Smith Family Vineyards portfolio. I’m also always thrilled to be re-acquainted with a producer from my past, extra special when they are as historic as Eden valley-based Pewsey Vale. With such an incredible pedigree for riesling wines, I opened all three rieslings from Pewsey Vale on this edition of Let’s Taste, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Josh got in touch with me via intrepidwino.com and offered me the chance to look at some wines from a brand that has recently been introduced into the domestic market, previously only being available overseas. The four Millon Estate wines I tasted are made from Eden Valley fruit, and are all from the 2014 vintage. Here are my impressions, let me know what you think in the comments below!
On Sunday the 22nd of November 2015 from 6:30pm AEST, Mattia Cianca (3rd best young sommelier in the world) and I tasted six Australian riesling wines, talking about their provenance and how the style is evolving.
Wines tasted were as follows;
2014 Rieslingfreak No.2 Polish Hill River Riesling (Clare Valley, SA)
2015 Billy Button The Torment Riesling (Alpine Valleys, VIC)
Many thanks to Different Drop for providing the wines. If you would like to taste these wines, simply head here and remember to use the code IntrepidWino to secure your discount and let them know I sent you!
Alex Head discovered a love and fascination of wine whilst studying sciences at Sydney University. After travelling on a gastronomic journey across Europe he was hooked. Many years were spent in iconic Sydney wine retail, before a tenure at Langton’s. This experience led a sea-change to the Barossa where he eventually established Head Wines. In the past almost ten years he was forged a reputation for producing some of the most exciting wines in the region, particularly those from Rhone Valley varieties.
Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling 1998 Subtle dried coconut, lemon butter, creamy oily nuts. Subtle rich and creamy texture, oily and dense. Soft mid palate, exceptionally long.
Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling 1998
Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2004 Very oily and keroseney, kumquat quince and orange blossom. A little closed flat and thin, creamy oily lanolin, lemon butter.
Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2004
Josef Chromy Pinot Gris 2012 Light crisp and spicy on the nose, a little orange rind and cinnamon. Full oily and a little sweet, warmish and a little aggressive, not enough fruit to support the weight.
Josef Chromy Pinot Gris 2012
Teusner ‘The Empress’ Riesling 2011 (Eden Valley) Lovely crisp fresh citrussy lime and lemon, hints of white peach and green apples, slight flicks of minerality. Very vibrant fruit, juicy and full, bold in flavour and lacking in zingy acids compared to European examples, nice breadth and extension on the palate.
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