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from Germany, this white noble grape probably saw its lowest point in the 70s and 80s when over-production and out-of-date marketing led the wine-drinking public to believe it was just sweet and naff.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

Synchromesh 2019 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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Culmina R&D 2018 Dryish Riesling 750ml

$24.25

Dry-ish is such a great name for Riesling. This, from Culmina’s R&D line (Research & Development + brothers Ron & Don Triggs fronting the label) embraces the concept, with a tight line of citrus acidity that draws the ripe pear, orange,...

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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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Forrest Vineyard 2015 "The Doctors" Riesling 750ml

$21.65

"Distinctive riesling with a relatively low (9% vol.) alcohol that has earned many accolades since first release a few years ago. It’s delicate and deliciously tangy with a very pleasing sweet-and-sour tension and ethereal texture. Flavours are a...

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Synchromesh 2019 'Long's View' Riesling 750ml

$28.60

The former Bob Hancock Vineyard has been renamed for the current owners Charles and Linda Long. Returning to vineyard ownership after many years, the Long’s have committed to a fully organic transition of this property as we nurture it into...

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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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