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Pewsey Vale, The Contours Museum Reserve, Eden Valley 2009
Original tasting note:
Average Decanter rating: 18.75pts/20 (Outstanding)
The Hill-Smith family’s Pewsey Vale vineyard is an extensive and iconic Eden Valley Riesling site. Its finest fruits, from the oldest vines on its coolest slope, are reserved for late release as The Contours. Chief winemaker Louisa Rose has worked at Yalumba since 1992 and has a soft spot for this site and its wines, taking personal responsibility for their production. She plays with both wild and cultured yeasts, but stresses that this wine is really all about the vineyard, where her recent initiatives focus on biodynamics, revegetation for biodiversity and installation of insectariums.
Sarah Ahmed Lemon curd, lime cordial, lime-shred marmalade, minerality, and a good underlying acidity/saltiness on the palate. Tight, toasty finish with still a lot to give. A very lime marmalade finish.
Justin Knock MW Yum! Creamy, warm and complex with lemon zest lift. Rich and luscious in an atypical Eden Valley style.
Anthony Rose Classic and rich, with toast, lemon curd and intense Riesling-scented fruit. There’s lovely ripe farm butter and peach on the palate, infused with that enticingly evolved toastiness and light touch of honey that makes bottle-aged Riesling so engaging.
Star buys tasters: Peter Richards MW, Sarah Jane Evans MW, Xavier Rousset MS
Price: £16.99 Bottle Apostle, Hawkshead Wines, Hennings, ND John, Oddbins, Solent Cellar, Slurp, Vin Cognito
Drink: 2016-2023 (star buys tasting panel)