Pewsey Vale Contours Riesling 2012

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.

About the Vineyard

A warmer than usual winter with lower rainfall; these mild conditions allowed an even bud burst with good shoot growth and fruit set. Rain was welcomed at intervals from November through to harvest, with mild summer conditions and cool nights developing great flavours and acidity. A great Eden Valley Riesling vintage.

Wine Production

The Pewsey Vale Contours is managed with Organic and Biodynamic farming principals. In keeping with the nature of BD and natural, less interventionist practices the wines were fermented with the natural or ‘wild’ yeast from the vineyard.

Tasting Notes

Pale straw in colour with green hues, there are intense classic lemon fruit aromas, with a hint of white flowers. Bottle aged characters of toast, clove oil and lemon grass have started to emerge. The palate shows great length and depth with concentrated power, pristine fresh lime juice overlaid with toasted brioche, sage oil and lemongrass. The wine finishes with fresh acidity, balancing the flavour intensity. This wine is released in 2017 after 5 years of bottle age, but will gracefully continue to age for many years for those who appreciate bottle aged Riesling

Food Pairing

Try with Foie Gras or duck breast with five spice glaze or fresh gnocchi with olive oil and shaved truffles.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Pewsey Vale Vineyard
Soil composition
grey sandy loam
1,500 feet
Average Vine Age
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Riesling
Prefermentation Technique
1-4 days on solids before wild yeast start to ferment
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Malolactic fermentation
Fining agent
Type of aging container
Length of bottle aging
5 years
Certifying Organizations
ISO14001; Entwine Australia
Sustainability Certification
EPA Acredited Sustainability Licence
Analytical Data
12.5 %
pH level
Residual sugar
1.8 g/L
6.7 g/L

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