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.
Growing season conditions were for the most part dry and warm with below average rainfall. Summer temperatures were slightly above average, combined with lower than average crops. The absence of rain led to a smooth, even vintage at Pewsey Vale, where the Riesling grapes retained both natural acidity and great flavours.
Pale straw in colour with green hues, the wine opens with intense classic lemon fruit aromas and hints of white flowers. Bottle aged characters of toast, clove oil and lemon grass have started to emerge. A palate of great length and depth with concentrated power, pristine fresh lime juice overlaid with toasted brioche, sage oil and lime marmalade. The wine finishes with a fresh but soft natural acidity which balances the flavour intensity.
Pewsey Vale is synonymous with Riesling, and this historic hillside vineyard that rules the Eden Valley in South Australia is world-famous for the distinct style it produces. Originally established in 1847 by Joseph Gilbert, it was purchased by Samuel Smith (now Hill-Smith of Yalumba) in 1961. The vineyard sits 250 metres above the Barossa Valley floor. The resultant cooler temperatures encourage a longer ripening period that is essential for producing superior Riesling grapes. Made by renowned winemaker Louisa Rose, the Rieslings of Pewsey Vale have a distinct lime character together with florals and a touch of spice. When young they are vibrant and tight with upright acidity. As the wines age, they gain complexity with honeyed tones, but they are very long-lived, so patience is a must!
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Medium yellow colour and a paraffin wax bouquet which is clean, fresh and attractive, showing appropriate maturity at five-plus years. The flavour is delicious, and the structure is firm, dry and savoury and adds a light tannin grip to enhance its food compatibility. A powerful, penetrating and precise wine with a long carry.'
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Out of childhood and into adolescence with the confidence built of the balance the wine has achieved. The aromas and flavours are all citrus-related, acidity neatly aligned with its allies.'