Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling 2015
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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.
Pale straw in colour with green hues. Intense classic lemon fruit aromas, with a hint of white flowers. Bottle aged characters of toast, clove oil and lemongrass emerge and combine with the still fresh citrus and white flowers of its youth. The palate has great length and depth with concentrated power and fresh, pristine lime juice overlaid with toasted brioche, sage oil and lime marmalade. The wine finishes with soft, refreshing natural acidity. Released in 2020 after 5 years of bottle age, this wine will continue to age gracefully for many years.
The Pewsey Vale story begins in 1839 when Englishman, Joseph Gilbert, left his home in the Vale of Pewsey and headed to Australia. Shortly afterwards, he bought 15,000 acres in the Barossa Valley and soon after purchased more land in the high altitudes of Eden Valley to the south. Gilbert planted vines on his property, yet the first plantings were of table grapes unsuitable for winemaking. In 1947 Gilbert planted grapes specifically for winemaking, thus establishing Eden Valley’s first winery. Gilbert often adapted his winemaking, his efforts were instrumental in supporting industry growth within the Eden Valley, where he made his grapevines available to other winemakers. Despite Gilbert’s efforts, the winery fell into disuse, particularly during the Depression. It wasn’t until 1961, when the current owner discovered that his property housed the region’s oldest vineyard, that work was undertaken to restore Pewsey Valley to its former glory. Fifty-six hectares of Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon were thus planted and by 1969, Pewsey Vale had already won its first award for its Riesling, the only wine they now make. The winery was well ahead of its time, being the first to use the Stelvin screw cap to seal bottles of wine. It took Pewsey Vale another 20 years before winemakers began to accept it en masse. Louisa Rose has been the winemaker at Pewsey Vale since 1996.
Pewsey Valley has an excellent reputation for its Rieslings, yet even their highest-priced drop is still amazing value. ‘The Contours Riesling’ is released when it’s five years old, and even with that age it still has intense aromas of lime, and lemon, with toast from bottle age.
For more information on Pewsey Valley and their wines, visit their website.
A behemoth of a state, South Australia is responsible for over 50% of Australia’s wine production. With the first known planting here taking place in 1836, local vintners have had time to truly perfect their art. In fact, SA is also home to some of the oldest Shiraz vines on the planet, with around 38% of SA’s old vines being Shiraz.
Such a large area means that the terrain, climate and soil profiles vary immensely between regions, allowing for a vast array of varieties to thrive. Some of South Australia’s premier wine regions include; Barossa Valley, Mclaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and the Adelaide hills. Such a collection of prime wine regions has earned South Australia the grand title of Australia’s Wine Capital. But it doesn’t stop there, the prowess of SA wine producers mixed with fantastic growing conditions has garnered the state the privilege of being dubbed one of the 9 Great Wine Capitals of the World.
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