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Pewsey Vale Vineyard - Flag bearer for Eden Valley Riesling Internationally
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Eden Valley pedigree, a 160 year old vineyard and the winemaking genius of Louisa Rose have delivered success for Pewsey Vale Vineyard at the International Wine Challenge 2009 UK (IWC).
The single-vineyard Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2008 has been awarded the Trophy for Best Eden Valley Wine and Best Eden Valley Riesling. This double trophy win guarantees a place in the final tasting for the IWC International Riesling Trophy, announced in September 2009.
“Two trophies at an international level is testament of Pewsey Vales’ provenance as a world class Riesling Vineyard” says Proprietor, Robert Hill Smith. “It goes without saying – Riesling is the great white wine of Australia, and not only as a young wine, as we know the variety has the ability to age gracefully, as demonstrated by Pewsey Vale The Contours.”
Pewsey Vale’s distinctive Rieslings have already notched an impressive track record on the domestic and International wine show circuits, with a stand out 39 trophies, 123 gold and 199 silver. In particular, Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling has amassed no less than 28 Trophies and 54 Gold Medals since the first vintage in 1995 (released 2000).
For winemaker Louisa Rose the Eden Valley, and particularly the Pewsey Vale Vineyard, has a great synergy with the riesling variety. “In many ways it grows itself, with natural vine balance and few inputs”, says Rose.
“Pewsey Vale Riesling is one of those special wines that are the creation of a single site and are the true expression of the grape in its vineyard environment. When you are fortunate enough to connect with a wine that reflects the actual conditions under which the fruit has lived, the enjoyment factor is more intensified and quite unique. We are fortunate to experience this each and every year.” Believing this high altitude single vineyard was ideal for developing aromatic white wines, the Hill Smith family, with winemaker Louisa Rose, have not swayed and remain true to making distinctive Riesling wines of the highest quality, reflecting the terroir of this Australian icon vineyard.
The vines planted in 1962 (and subsequently) on the Pewsey Vale Vineyard are descendants of some of the original vines planted in the Eden Valley in the 1840’s. It is believed that these vines were direct relatives of those imported into Australia by James Busby in 1932.
“The Pewsey Vale vineyard is one of a kind” concludes Rose. “It does all the work, and through trials and considerable experience we feel we know how to capture the best from Australia’s oldest, single Riesling vineyard.”