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from Germany, this white noble grape probably saw its lowest point in the 70s and 80s when over-production and out-of-date marketing led the wine-drinking public to believe it was just sweet and naff.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

Dr. Pauly Bergweiler 2017 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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Synchromesh 2018 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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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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Synchromesh 2018 'Thorny Vines' Riesling 750ml

$28.60

The Thorny Vines property is located at the southern end of the Naramata Bench, immediately north of Penticton. Benefitting from the moderating effects of Okanagan Lake, this cooler North facing vineyard enjoys slow, steady ripening with good acid...

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Okanagan Crushpad 2015 Narrative Riesling750ml
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Okanagan Crushpad 2017 Narrative Riesling 750ml

$27.74 $20.89

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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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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Robert Weil 2016 Riesling Trocken 750ml

$40.78

Weil's 2016 Rheingau Riesling Trocken, mainly fermented in stainless steel (just 5% in large oak), is an intense, lush and piquant wine with a great mineral structure and good length. It was not chaptalized and is dry (7 grams of residual sugar) but...

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Black Swift 2016 Riesling Kurkjian Vineyard 750ml

$24.62

Farmed in an organic vineyard in East Kelowna, just below Summerhill, the Kurkjian Vineyard Riesling is a dense, powerful and dry style of Riesling much akin to those of the Clare or Eden Valley of Australia. This unique sub-region of the Okanagan...

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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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Kracher 2014 Welschriesling 750ml

$32.95

Bright straw yellow with green tints in the glass. Grapefruit, citrus fruits, some exotic hints, sugar pear, elderberry blossom, and fresh fruit on the palate. Well balanced with lively acidity.

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