PEWSEY VALE “The Contours” Riesling 2012

(Eden Valley, South Australia) $31

It’s a testament to this extraordinary bone-dry riesling that it’s aged five years before release from the winery. And extraordinary is the right word. Crystalline flavors so precise they take your breath away. Waves of lime, brioche, and exotic spices like cardamom, plus a wet rocky minerality. Australia is well known for dry rieslings of ravishing freshness—especially the Eden and Clare Valleys. Pewsey Vale’s “The Contours” has off-the-charts freshness, as well as layers and layers of complexity. If you’ve never had great New World dry riesling, this is your moment and the wine is a superb deal given the quality. (12.5% abv)

94 points KM

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