Succulent, Rich Riesling - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Succulent, Rich Riesling

The Contours Block at Pewsey Vale (Photo courtesy of the winery)

As Eden Valley riesling ages, it can develop impressive richness for a dry white, as this one, layered in Bosc pear, mint julep and tangerine complexities. That succulent depth of flavor transitions into remarkable length.

Louisa Rose made this wine from vines planted in 1965 on a south-facing slope (a cool exposition), where riesling grows in sandy, gravelly, quartz-inflected soil. In 2008, she began experimenting with ambient-yeast fermentations for Contours and, since 2012, has gone all in, comfortable with the health of the microbial population in the vineyard. Still fresh, this 10-Year Museum Release benefits mightily from that careful farming.


Pewsey Vale 2013 Eden Valley The Contours 10 Year Museum Reserve Riesling

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