2010 Pewsey Vale 'The Contours' 10 Year Museum Reserve Dry Riesling Eden Vale
Winemaker Notes: The Contours 2010 is a rich and intensely flavored bottle-aged Riesling. Pale straw in color with green hues, there are intense classic lemon fruit aromas, with a hint of white flowers, and 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 lemon grass. The wine finishes with a fresh natural acidity which balances the flavor intensity. Released in 2015 after 5 years of bottle age, this wine will gracefully continue to age for many years for those who appreciate bottle aged Riesling.
About the Vineyard
The 2010 vintage growing season began with a cool, wet September and October, that meant that the Riesling vines grew slowly. Beautiful weather throughout November and December caused the vines to ‘take-off ’, grow healthily, and flower without impediment. An even summer followed with cool nights and no heat spikes - perfect for the ripening of flavours in the berries.
Sealing a bottle under a screw cap ensures that the wine in the bottle will age under the best possible conditions and ensures that no air or oxygen can enter the bottle. The fresh citrus flavors remain, and are overlaid with flavors of toast, lemon grass and eventually some honey and marmalade. The color, while it will deepen into the gold spectrum, retains its freshness and green hues and does not go brown, and that the flavors and palate do not "dry out", but stay fresh with any sweet fruit characters that were initially in the wine remaining.
Try with Foie Gras or duck breast with five spice glaze.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "The 2010 The Contours Museum Reserve Riesling shows lovely, evolving lanolin and petrol notes, with beeswax and toast over a core of lemon curd, lemongrass and lime leaves. There is some honey, as well. This is a dry, light and expressive Riesling with tons of layers of flavor, as well as a long finish. Rating: 94+"
Wine & Spirits - "Louisa Rose selects this wine from the coolest hillside at Pewsey Vale, a vineyard first planted in 1847 and restored by the Hill-Smith family in the 1960s. She releases it five years after the vintage, when the wine has just begun to open. This 2010 is still youthfully austere, with a brisk, dramatic spiciness, a lime-leaf and mineral flavor that lasts. It should continue to mature over the next decade."
Wine Spectator - "Strikes a lovely balance between petrol, lanolin and toasted almond notes, with dry, vibrant lime and lemon meringue flavors. Fresh and focused, presenting a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2026."