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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from Germany, this white noble grape probably saw its lowest point in the 70s and 80s when over-production and out-of-date marketing led the wine-drinking public to believe it was just sweet and naff.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 2021 Riesling 750ml

$32.08

This, their flagship riesling, was picked over a few weeks across a number of blocks, with some plantings dating back to 1978. All was whole bunch pressed, and fermented by block in stainless, aging on gross lees until blending and bottling in late...

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Synchromesh 2021 Riesling Blend 750ml

$27.74

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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Zind Humbrecht 2019 Riesling Roche Granitique 750ml

$62.52

This wine originates from vines planted in the 90s and in 2001 in the Grand Cru Brand and just below it. The granite ‘de Turckheim’ is in fact a biotite type of granite. It contains lots of black mica than can be broken down to its finest...

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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 2020 Storm Haven Dry Riesling 750ml

$47.74

Synchromesh hangs its hat solidly on Riesling and the producer is among BC’s finest. After experimenting with dry styles for 10 years, owner and winemaker Alan Dickinson knocks it out of the park with this inaugural release. Compellingly scented...

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Pewsey Vale 2015 Riesling 'The Contours' 750ml

$59.04

Pale straw-gold; heady aromas revealing the added layers of age and it is all about complexity. Lime marmalade, baked ricotta topped with lemon zest and toasty, too. It also has a line of acidity keeping this buoyant, tingling with freshness. Score: 95...

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Loimer 2014/2017 Riesling Steinmassl 1OWT 750ml

$69.48

[2014] 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 and ample citric juiciness...

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Loimer 2020 Riesling Kamptal 750ml

$32.96

Wonderfully crisp. Incredible weight and tension, even with 11.5% alcohol. Fresh apricot and citrus notes. Wonderful aromas of freshly picked apricots along with kiwi, meadow flowers and a whiff of mint. The palate yields sqeaky-clean fruit and even more...

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Culmina 2018 Decora Riesling 750ml

$25.13

Decora is a trim, vertical Riesling exhibiting structure over fruit. Currently austere, it eventually gives up white grapefruit, green apple and flint. A touch of lees fills out the midpalate and leads to a savoury, dry finish. Score: 90 points --...

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Loimer 2019 Langenloiser Riesling 750ml

$39.04

Golden yellow hue and thick tears. Discreet aromas yielding slices of dried apple and peach. An immensely powerful palate with bell-clear fruit, notes of lemon jelly and yellow apple and a light-ly creamy fruit texture. Typical varietal acidity; tight...

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Villa Wolf Dry Riesling 750ml

$26.00

This wine is medium-bodied and has a lovely purity of peach fruit, with a classic minerally structure. Nicely balanced acidity gives it a juicy grip. It is an excellent match for classic continental-style cooking, especially with dishes that feature...

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Emrich Schonleber 2020 "Lenz" Nahe Riesling 750ml

$41.65

From red soils but not only from the Frühlingsplätzchen, the 2020 Riesling Lenz is very clear, precise and floral on the refreshing pure and flinty/stony nose. Filigreed and juicy on the palate, this is a stimulating piquant and seriously...

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Felton Road 2021 Dry Riesling 750ml

$67.74

The 2021 Dry Riesling from Felton Road is a lively number: light-bodied and spirited, with insatiable acidity. There's a slight element of phenolics giving a light, grippy texture on the citrus- and floral-infused conclusion. Score: 90 points --...

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Alzinger Steinertal 2015 Smaragd Riesling 750ml

$78.17

Last tasted in June 2016 from tank (after it had spent some time in cask), this opens with a heady display of ripe white peach and muskmelon, but also suggestions of fresh lime that then return on the palate to convey an exhilarating sense of animation,...

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