2008 Pewsey Vale "Contours" Museum Reserve Riesling Eden Valley South Australia

SKU #1172152 94 points James Halliday

 Gleaming pale green-gold; still a baby, its mineral components as strong as those of its citrus fruit; I'm starting to wonder about the ability of the '08s to throw off the effects of the vintage and burst into bloom. History shows that this will happen sooner or later; have faith  (9/2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The gorgeous, evolving nose on the 2008 The Contours Riesling is replete with notes of beeswax, honeyed toast and lemon curd over hints of chalk dust, shaved almonds and fresh hay. Dry and light-bodied, it has a good backbone of acid to support the intense, evolving citrus fruit and mineral flavors right through the finish with great persistence and harmony. Drink it now to 2022+.  (5/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow. Citrus fruits, yellow apple, anise and honey on the deeply perfumed, mineral-accented nose. On the palate, sappy, concentrated Meyer lemon, pear and floral flavors are braced and lifted by juicy acidity and a hint of lemongrass. Chewy and focused on the long, incisive finish, with the mineral and orchard fruit qualities echoing strongly  (7/2014)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 Just reaching an age where its secondary flavors are awakening to grapefruit, lemon pulp and pith, this light green-gold riesling bristles with freshness. It’s softer than the 2003 (above), with a creaminess that adds length and breadth to the flavors. Perfumed with earthiness, this wine’s combination of tension and harmony will hold it tight for years to come.  (5/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and zingy, with lemon and pineapple flavors in pinpoint focus, this remains frisky with acidity as the finish lingers. Already shows tremendous depth, and can develop further. Drink now through 2025.  (5/2014)

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Staff Image By: James Knight | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/14/2014 | Send Email
This dry Riesling is just getting started at six years after the vintage. So crisp and refreshing, yet it has also gained bottle characteristics and weight: a floral aroma with honeycomb, lemon pith and lemon oil, and a mouthfeel that's silky and light and has a certain sumptuousness at the same time that swaths and tames the searing, dry finish. This is a great example of South Australian Riesling, and I am sure that I will order more now that the bottle's empty!

Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
Dry Riesling is one of the jewels of the Australian wine industry, and probably the least known. I have been lucky enough to have sat in this unique vineyard (drinking the wine of course) which is shown on the label as well as tasting the 1973 last year at a very special event where Robert Hill Smith generously went deep into the Yalumba cellars for a snapshot of the Aussie wine history. The Contours is a "Museum Reserve" version of the regular Pewsey Vale Riesling that always has 5 years of bottle age for the current release. So, if you don't have the patience, they do the waiting for you for a bit of an up charge so you can experience the secondary character that time will develop. The nose shows notes of biscuit, lime blossom, nectarine, apricot and lanolin. On the palate, the wine is still very youthful with great texture, balance and a long finish. And oh yeah...NOT all Riesling is sweet!

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

South Australia

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Eden Valley