97 pts Decanter
Sleek with bright lemon curd, smoky flint and opulent lime marmalade on the nose, while the elegantly textured palate is graced with pithy lime zest, wet stone and zippy citrus fruit.
94 pts Wine Enthusiast
Despite the age of this museum release of “Contours,” from Pewsey Vale’s oldest, coolest slopes, it’s just in its teenage years, with the potential of many more years of cellaring. Pale gold in hue, it’s gained secondary notes like lighter fluid, lemon oil, lime leaf and wild herbal undertones, but there’s also a fresh floral note still present. The palate is tightly wound and chalky-textured with crisp acidity and a pleasing bitter herbal finish. Drink now–2028.
90 pts Wine Spectator
Mixes a light, mouthwatering and airy frame with intense, aromatic flavors of beeswax, lanolin, pear and lime, lingering effortlessly on the long, energetic finish. Shows plenty of precision. Drink now.
Pewsey Vale Vineyard 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. This wine is released in 2018 after 5 years of bottle age, but will gracefully continue to age for many years for those who appreciate bottle aged Riesling.