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Riesling

In and out of fashion like a pair of bell-bottoms, Riesling has certainly been through highs and lows. Originally from Germany, this white noble grape probably saw its lowest point in the 70s and 80s when over-production and out-of-date marketing led the wine-drinking public to believe it was just sweet and naff. In terms of highs, 500 years ago it had greater renown than the wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy and it’s definitely experiencing a resurgence at the moment. The best bottles are still thought to come from Germany (the Mosel and Rheinland in particular) with Alsace coming a close second and newcomers New Zealand and Australia also in the mix. The style can range from crisp and fresh through to voluptuous – depending on how mature the grapes are when harvested. Whether the style is steely and citrusy or more honeyed and peachy, the defining feature of Riesling is a kind of ‘oiliness’ – sometimes likened to kerosene or rubber (not really selling it here am I?!) which can intrigue or dismay in equal measure. Definitely worth a try and surprisingly good with soft cheeses like Brie and Camembert.

If you like Riesling, you might also like … Chardonnay (e.g.Chablis), Albarino, Grüner Veltliner

Tantalus 2021 Riesling 750ml

$36.43

A shimmery light yellow hue, this wine exudes a complex aroma, evolving in the glass beautifully. Upon opening it leaps out with Meyer lemon and lime zest, there is a touch of the tropics here too - mango and pineapple. The aroma settles into a halfway...

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Zind Humbrecht 2019 Riesling Roche Granitique 750ml

$62.52

This wine originates from vines planted in the 90s and in 2001 in the Grand Cru Brand and just below it. The granite ‘de Turckheim’ is in fact a biotite type of granite. It contains lots of black mica than can be broken down to its finest...

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Kesselstatt 2016 RK Riesling 750ml

$28.61

Fascinating bouquet: aromas of ripe yellow fruits, above all melon and apricot. Pleasant mouth-feeling due to the harmonious balance of residual sugar and acidity, minerals and spiciness on the palate - a companion for every day…   --...

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Synchromesh 2020 Storm Haven Dry Riesling 750ml

$47.74

  Synchromesh hangs its hat solidly on Riesling and the producer is among BC’s finest. After experimenting with dry styles for 10 years, owner and winemaker Alan Dickinson knocks it out of the park with this inaugural release...

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Daydreamer 2020 Riesling 750ml

$35.56

  This crisp focused style was slowly cold fermented in stainless steel, retaining the delicate aromatics and a punchy tropical crispness.  VARIETIES 100% Riesling VINEYARD Single Vineyard Naramata Bench GROWING REGIME No synthetic...

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Moraine Estate 2020 Riesling 750ml

$26.00

Silver Medal - BC Lieutenant Governors Wine Awards 2021 An exciting nose, bursting with tantalizing aromas of lime and lemon zest, grape blossoms, wet stones and clover honey. An absolutely electric palate fi­lled with the tension between juicy,...

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Loimer 2014/2017 Riesling Steinmassl 1OWT 750ml

$69.48

[2014] Here is another instance where piquancy and pungency—in this instance suggestive of kumquat and lemon peel, black tea, alkali and walnut—are nicely buffered by high extract and ameliorated by alcoholic levity and ample citric juiciness...

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Mitchell Watervale Riesling 750ml

$26.00

Intense aromatic Riesling fruit flavours are the hallmarks of this wine. It has a fine dry palate with a crisp acidity and a long lingering fruit finish. These wines drink freshly and lively when released young but develop beautifully for 5-8 years. The...

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Loimer 2019 Langenloiser Riesling 750ml

$39.04

Golden yellow hue and thick tears. Discreet aromas yielding slices of dried apple and peach. An immensely powerful palate with bell-clear fruit, notes of lemon jelly and yellow apple and a light-ly creamy fruit texture. Typical varietal acidity; tight...

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Felton Road 2021 Dry Riesling 750ml

$67.74

The 2021 Dry Riesling from Felton Road is a lively number: light-bodied and spirited, with insatiable acidity. There's a slight element of phenolics giving a light, grippy texture on the citrus- and floral-infused conclusion. Score: 90 points --...

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Domaine Albert Mann 2018 Riesling Rosenberg 750ml

$72.08

This Riesling gives us a discreet olfactory bouquet endowed with a fine maturity. The nose is concentrated and restrained. The aromas exalt citrus fruits such as blood orange and grapefruit. Tasty tender sensations develop on the palate, marked by a...

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