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from Germany, this white noble grape probably saw its lowest point in the 70s and 80s when over-production and out-of-date marketing led the wine-drinking public to believe it was just sweet and naff.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

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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Heritage Road 2016 Traminer Riesling 750ml

$12.52

The winery sits atop a hill in the small town of Pokolbin in the famed Hunter Valley. If it were not for the encircling mountains, cloud cover, and cool sea breezes present in the region, winemaking could be severely hampered by hot summers and freezing...

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La Frenz 2016 Riesling 750ml

$25.13

Winemaker's Notes:Our Riesling is vibrant with flavours of Key lime, Kaffir lime leaf, Granny Smith apple and honeysuckle blossoms that are delightfully pronounced, making your mouth water in anticipation. A subtle note of minerality (river stones, wet...

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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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Jim Barry 2013 Florita Riesling 750ml
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Jim Barry 2013 Florita Riesling 750ml

$68.60 $46.62

With pretty lime blossom, lemon tart and honeysuckle scents accented by a suggestion of talc, the light-bodied and dry 2013 The Florita Riesling has a bracing line of zesty acidity running through a great intensity of fruit and a long finish. Drink it...

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Synchromesh 2016 'Four Shadows' 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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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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A Sunday in August 2017 Riesling 750ml

$23.39

Flourishing in Margaritaville, diving into crispy, saline waves. Get out your floaty toys. Of course, amazing with oysters, fresh seafood, and spicy electric summer nights. Sustainably grown grapes from a single vineyard in the Similkameen Valley, BC...

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Domaine Albert Mann 2014 Riesling Rosenberg 750ml

$67.74

Grape: 100% RieslingTasting Notes: Expressive and delicious nose, marked by exotics fruits aromas, passion fruit and quince notes. The attack on the palate is lively with a pretty acidity and slightly bitterness in the end. Beautiful balance. Food...

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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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Culmina 2016 Decora Riesling 750ml

$29.48

Harvested from the 6th crop of Riesling on Margaret’s Bench, and Latin for pretty or fine, Decora is an intensely aromatic Riesling that whets the palate with mouth-watering acidity. Showing delicate spice, floral, and stone fruit aromas, Decora...

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Donnhoff 2014 Dry Riesling Nahe 750ml

$34.69

Characterful Riesling from the steeply sloping vineyards of the middle Nahe region. The vines grow in stony, weathered volcanic soils of porphyry and melaphyre in particular, with certain amounts of slate and quartzite.  Age of vines 15 - 30 years...

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