2016 Pewsey Vale Museum Reserve The Contours Riesling
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2016 Pewsey Vale Museum Reserve The Contours Riesling

Eden Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
$34. 99
$419.88 Dozen
Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2022-2028)
ABV: 12.5%
Closure: Stelvin

The Contours Riesling is crafted from old vines grown on the coolest slope within the Pewsey Vale Contours vineyard. Bottle aged for six years before release delivers a Riesling that’s rich and complex.
Brilliant pale straw colour with highlights of green around the outskirts and a watery hue. Intense lime, lemon and subtle bees wax scents are complexed by oily toast like notes and kerosene. Showing great precision and a tense feel the palate features mouth filling flavours of lemon, lime and oily toast characters over a waxy kerosene like back drop. Finishes dry with crisp acidity. Long oily yet minerally and vividly fresh aftertaste. Will continue to fill out and develop further complexity with bottle age.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
Alc. 12.5%

Other Reviews…..
So vibrant for it’s age, this has great concentration of candied-lime and grapefruit-zest character. Terrific structure and energy on the driving palate, but all of this is wrapped in rich citrus fruit to create stunningly complete harmony. Very long and compact finish that suggests this has at least a further decade of aging potential. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
97 points

As is to be expected, it’s rather tightly coiled upon opening with pointy angles of acidity, nashi pear juice and a little sniff of kerosene. Once it’s settled down though (I gave it an hour), the show really begins. Minerals sparkle all over the roof of the mouth like it was the inside of a geode and the textures soften into quite the graceful and generous wine. You can taste honey melted with butter over white toast on the lips and salty oyster shell on the tip of the tongue. Crunchy lemon and lime boiled lollies stain the mid palate, a lick of crushed almonds and spice on the sides and back and up above, there’s a warming retronasal length – lemon tart just starting to bake. Drink 2025-2032.
95 points
Morgan Dunn – Winepilot.com

A ripe aroma builds with warm yellow fruits before opening into lemon freshness. The palate has richness and depth, with a mineral backbone running along with the toast and burnt-lime characters. There is a trace of sweetness but then a firm, crisp finish with a twist of phenolics.
97 points - Platinum Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards 2022

The 2016 The Contours Riesling leads with cold buttered toast, creamed honey, fennel seeds and brine, while in the mouth, the wine expands to fill every available space. This is rich, complex and so fresh. It's kindly held back in the cellar for our drinking pleasure, so it is definitely ready for immediate consumption; but should you choose to rest this another decade or two, that would also be great. Drink 2022-2037.
95 points
Erin Larkin - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate