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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from Germany, this white noble grape probably saw its lowest point in the 70s and 80s when over-production and out-of-date marketing led the wine-drinking public to believe it was just sweet and naff.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 2020 Riesling 750ml

$28.60

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 2017 Riesling Roche Granitique 750ml

$62.52

Olivier Humbrecht's 2016 Riesling "Roche Granitique" comes from vineyards located on the poor granitic soils of the Brand hillside. If you so will, it is the "second wine" of the Grand Cru Brand. In 2016, these were the first Rieslings harvested, "but...

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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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Gustave Lorentz 2019 Reserve Riesling 750ml

$35.57

Eye: pale yellow colorNose: expressive, refined, with citrus and white flower aromas.Mouth: lively attack, refreshing acidity, lime, granny smith apple with a great structure,fruity with a clean and dry finish. A classy dry and gastronomic Riesling from...

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Kitsch 2020 Block Party 750ml

$25.57

Block party anybody? Well, maybe after May 24. In 2020 the mix was riesling, chardonnay, pinot gris, and gewurztraminer tinted with two percent pinot noir that adds a rosé hue to a medium-rich, aromatic white. Easy sipping, this is a just off-dry...

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Markus Molitor 2017 Alte Reben Riesling Mosel 750ml

$34.70

The 2016 Riesling Alte Reben is clear, deep, fresh and flinty on the bright and elegant nose. Filigreed and piquant on the palate, this is a crystalline, clear and elegant Riesling from old vines. Its finish is very salty and reflects the pure slate...

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Daydreamer 2020 Riesling 750ml

$33.83

  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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Loimer 2014 Riesling Steinmassl 1OWT 750ml

$69.48

Vinous 91 ptsLangenlois, Kamptal 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...

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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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Kitsch 2018/2019 Esther's Block Riesling 750ml

$27.74

After selling their successful men's underwear company, Trent and Ria Kitsch planted more than 5ha in northeast Kelowna, including two Riesling parcels. The cooler Maria’s Block is made in a medium-dry style while the sun-soaked Esther’s...

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