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from Germany, this white noble grape probably saw its lowest point in the 70s and 80s when over-production and out-of-date marketing led the wine-drinking public to believe it was just sweet and naff.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

Synchromesh 2019 Riesling Blend 750ml

$22.52

A thoughtful blend of our four Riesling vineyards: Bob Hancock Vineyard North Naramata Bench Thorny Vines Vineyard Middle Naramata Bench Four Shadows Vineyard South Naramata Bench Storm Haven Vineyard Okanagan Falls   A striking and complex array...

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Okanagan Crushpad 2017 Narrative Riesling 750ml

$27.74

From a site on the Golden Mile Bench, this Riesling was fermented using native yeast in a concrete tank before transfer to stainless steel for further aging. The wine is bright, complex and magically fresh with a gentle, sweet side. Full of citrus and...

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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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Forrest Vineyard 2015 "The Doctors" Riesling 750ml

$25.95

"Distinctive riesling with a relatively low (9% vol.) alcohol that has earned many accolades since first release a few years ago. It’s delicate and deliciously tangy with a very pleasing sweet-and-sour tension and ethereal texture. Flavours are a...

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Synchromesh 2018 'Storm Haven' Riesling 750ml

$41.58

Winemaker's Notes: Grown on our own Storm Haven Vineyard, this Riesling was hand cultivated with minimal interference and natural low cropping to create a wine that truly expresses the Storm Haven Vineyard site. The 2013 vintage had an early start and a...

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Joie 2015 Reserve Riesling 750ml

$34.70

The JoieFarm "En Famille" tier is a reserve line for site-specific wines, all aged in bottle for a year prior to the release. The riesling is from an old block St. Hubertus Vineyard in Kelowna (planted 1987) and from Summerland's Whitfield Road Vineyard...

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Synchromesh 2019 'Long's View' Riesling 750ml

$28.60

Situated on the eastern slope looking down on Penticton this vineyard has two distinct blocks of Riesling.This wine hails from the highest elevation block on an extremely steep slope of gravel and clay layered over fractured bedrock and rotten granite...

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Fritz Haag 2016 Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett 750ml

$47.74

Dusty earth and smoke tones are predominant on first whiff but open gradually, offering a succession of ripening fruits from fresh lime and gooseberry to crunchy peach and pink grapefruit. It's a spry, taut wine, with scintillating acidity and a long...

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Rieslingfreak 2018 Clare Valley No.3 Dry 750ml

$34.69

Rieslingfreak No.3 is harvested from John Hughes' Clare Valley family vineyard, and its heavy red clay soils. The expansiveness from the clay well offsets this racy, bone-dry wine, tempering the acidity with a modicum of flesh on the palate. Orange...

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