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from Germany, this white noble grape probably saw its lowest point in the 70s and 80s when over-production and out-of-date marketing led the wine-drinking public to believe it was just sweet and naff.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

Cono Sur 2015 Riesling 750ml

$12.09

Clean cut notes of lime and grapefruit, mingled with distinct minerality and characteristic balance and length, mark this as a classic. Drink now as an apéritif or with cold meats.

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Wolf Blass 2013 Yellow Label Riesling 750ml

$17.30

The Wolf Blass Yellow Label Riesling is lavishly fragrant in aromas, from delicate orange blossom to kaffir lime and lemon, green apple, and a touch of minerality. Fine and elegant, with generous mid-palate fruit and a long, zesty finish, Riesling is as...

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Dr. Pauly Bergweiler 2014 Riesling 750ml

$27.74

Spectacularly concentrated flavours, yet not heavy and, bonus, is light in alcohol. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too when it comes to German Riesling. (Though pair this zesty white wine with dishes that have a touch of sweetness like glazed ham...

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Amalaya 2013 Torrontes/Riesling 750ml

$19.91

This is a complex aromatic white from the Salta region, in northern Argentina, which is the home of the aromatic indigenous torrontes grape. It is a blend of 85% of that grape with 15% riesling; the addition of which gives some zip to the mid palate and...

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Dr. L Riesling 750ml

$17.49

The Dr. L Riesling is a thoroughly modern style of German Riesling, that carries a fragrant nose of honey with distinctive apricot and stone fruit ar a touch of spritz and lively acidity add finesse and balance. It'll go great with most oriental dishes...

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Kendermanns 2015 Classic Riesling 750ml

$10.95

Reh Kendermann represents many qualities we associate with German production: high efficiency, tight supply chains, and a laser-sharp focus on quality. In 1920, Carl Reh founded his first trading company for grapes and built his first winery. By 1936, he...

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Synchromesh 2015 'Four Shadows' Riesling 750ml

$26.00

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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Kilikanoon 2012 Killerman's Run Riesling 750ml

$27.74

With expressive, forward notes of white peaches, lime cordial and pink grapefruit accented by a touch of wet slate, the light-bodied and dry 2013 Killerman’s Run Riesling has a very crisp line of lively acidity cutting through the fruit before it...

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Pewsey Vale 2011 Riesling 'The Contours' 750ml

$42.52

Critical Acclaim: The gorgeous, evolving nose on the 2008 The Contours Riesling is replete with notes of beeswax, honeyed toast and lemon curd over hints of chalk dust, shaved almonds and fresh hay. Dry and light-bodied, it has a good backbone of acid to...

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Domaine Albert Mann 2014 Riesling Rosenberg 750ml

$67.74

"From the clay-limestone vineyard in Wettolsheim, this lieu-dit is of quality that rivals most Grand Crus. The nose is expressive and lively and is marked by exotic aromas of passionfruit and quince. On the palate, there is lively acidity which is...

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Rockford 2015 Riesling Eden Valley 750ml

$47.74

"The fruit for this wine is from vineyards that are mature, low yielding, hand pruned and hand-picked - helping to maintain our link with traditional viticultural practices. Most makers of Eden Valley Riesling release their wines in the same year the...

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