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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from Germany, this white noble grape probably saw its lowest point in the 70s and 80s when over-production and out-of-date marketing led the wine-drinking public to believe it was just sweet and naff.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 2019 Riesling 750ml

$29.66

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

$60.78

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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Okanagan Crush Pad 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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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 2019 Storm Haven Riesling 750ml

$46.00

'Storm Haven is one of Canada's top riesling made by winemaker AlanDickinson's. It also the flagship estate vineyard of Okanagan Falls-based Synchromesh Winery, one of Canada's riesling specialists. The stunning site is biodiverse, perched on the outflow...

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Jim Barry 2019 Watervale Riesling 750ml

$32.08

Plump and peachy, the 2019 Watervale Riesling includes approximately four grams per liter of residual sugar and includes some purchased fruit. It's medium-bodied and richly textured, then finishes with lime flavors and noticeable softness. Drink it young...

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Pewsey Vale 2018 Riesling "1961 Block" 750ml

$52.08

Intensity of flavour through the finish is most impressive, but it's the elegant lilt of the palate that initiates the charm. This is a beautiful young riesling with life, flow, length and (a touch of) texture. It's just a little bit fancy, or perhaps a...

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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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