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2012 Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling

Eden Valley

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Our Price: $32.99 / bottle (RRP: $36.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'It is rich yet refreshing and holds one's interest over many glasses. Highly recommended.'
95 Points - Toni Paterson, The Real Review

  • Pewsey Vale The Contours is characterised by a special site, sensitive vine growing and astute winemaking. The Contours Riesling is produced from old vines farmed on the coolest slope within this ruggedly beautiful single vineyard. Bottle ageing for five years before release transforms this Riesling into a complex wine. More richness and complexity will accumulate over future decades.


    A warmer than usual winter with lower rainfall; these mild conditions allowed an even bud burst with good shoot growth and fruit set. Rain was welcomed at intervals from November through to harvest, with mild summer conditions and cool nights developing great flavours and acidity. A great Eden Valley Riesling vintage.


    Pale straw in colour with green hues, there are intense classic lemon fruit aromas, with a hint of white flowers. Bottle aged characters of toast, clove oil and lemon grass have started to emerge. The palate shows great length and depth with concentrated power, pristine fresh lime juice overlaid with toasted brioche, sage oil and lemongrass. The wine finishes with fresh acidity, balancing the flavour intensity. This wine is released in 2017 after 5 years of bottle age, but will gracefully continue to age for many years for those who appreciate bottle aged Riesling


    'Still pale straw-green; this wine is not 5 years old, it is 5 years young. It's just starting to build the lime marmalade on buttered toast flavours of full maturity coming another 5, perhaps 10, years down the track. However, it will always have a delicate disposition.'
    95 Points - James Halliday (tasted 2017)

    'Old vines, meticulous winemaking and bottle age has created a spectacular wine that deserves a place in every serious wine lover's cellar. It has incredible depth of flavour with lime and lemon curd nuances. It is rich yet refreshing and holds one's interest over many glasses. Highly recommended.'
    95 Points - Toni Paterson, The Real Review

    'The vines were planted in 1965 and the wine is always released at 5 years old. The bouquet is big and expressive, with lots of toastiness just veering into kerosene, which sounds less appealing than it actually is. The palate is full, rich and strong, perhaps lacking a little of the usual finesse of this wine, and there's a slight grip which is not a fault but adds backbone.'
    94 Points - Huon Hooke

    'This release is in a good place. It shows developed characters but it remains fresh; it’s complex. Apple, lime, toast, florals and spice, perhaps even a smear of butter. It all glides confidently from start to finish, pleasing as it goes.'
    92 Points - Campbell Mattinson

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