2006 Pewsey Vale "The Contours" Riesling Eden Valley South Australia

SKU #1080308 93 points Wine Spectator

 Filled with vitality, this has subtle nuances of lanolin and yogurt around a vibrant core of lime and pineapple fruit, finishing dry, with impressive length. Drink now through 2023.—H.S.

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pewsey Vale’s 2006 The Contours Riesling displays evolving aromas of lime tart, lemongrass, beeswax and toast with a hint of almonds and chalk dust. Light bodied, dry and very crisp in the mouth, it offers an excellent concentration of earth, toast and warm citrus fruit flavors with a long minerally finish. Drinking very well now, it should continue to evolve and drink to 2021+.  (2/2012)

K&L Notes

The 2006 Pewsey Vale Contours Riesling is a rich and intensely flavored wine. It has a still pale straw color with hues of green. Intense but restrained classic fruit aromas of lemons, with a hint white flowers, influenced now with the first sings of bottle aged toast and lemon grass. The palate shows great length and depth with limes, dried rosemary and a hint of lemongrass. The wine finishes with a fresh natural acidity, which balances the flavor intensity.

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/30/2011 | Send Email
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Apart from the quaintly hedgerowed Clare Valley, where New World Riesling reaches its pure, mineral-driven apotheosis, the Eden Valley offers its own emblematic wine in Pewsey Vale's "The Contours", a Museum Release marvel usually held back for around five years before any mere mortal can get their impatient paws on it. The latest version of this idiosyncratic beauty sparkled and shone in the glass, with hues of lemon grass and summer green, revealing a complex harbinger of aromas and flavors— river stones, wild flowers, honeycomb, lime petals, herbs and toast, ballasted by wonderful, precision acidity and cut. Patience for several years will unravel even more finesse and character from this elegant, slowly-developing, prismatic wine. Highly recommended!
Drink from 2011 to 2020

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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.

South Australia

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Eden Valley