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from Germany, this white noble grape probably saw its lowest point in the 70s and 80s when over-production and out-of-date marketing led the wine-drinking public to believe it was just sweet and naff.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

$14.69

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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Dr. Pauly Bergweiler 2014 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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Tantalus 2016 Riesling 750ml

$27.74

I first recommended this wine during Diwali but this should be your go-to wine year round when looking for the perfect match for south Asian cuisine. This may be the best Riesling produced in B.C. I love the crisp, fresh flavour and the acidity that...

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Amalaya 2013 Torrontes/Riesling 750ml

$19.91

This is a complex aromatic white from the Salta region, in northern Argentina, which is the home of the aromatic indigenous torrontes grape. It is a blend of 85% of that grape with 15% riesling; the addition of which gives some zip to the mid palate and...

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Kendermanns 2015 Classic Riesling 750ml

$12.08

Reh Kendermann represents many qualities we associate with German production: high efficiency, tight supply chains, and a laser-sharp focus on quality. In 1920, Carl Reh founded his first trading company for grapes and built his first winery. By 1936, he...

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Synchromesh 2015 'Four Shadows' Riesling 750ml

$26.00

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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Kilikanoon 2012 Killerman's Run Riesling 750ml

$27.74

With expressive, forward notes of white peaches, lime cordial and pink grapefruit accented by a touch of wet slate, the light-bodied and dry 2013 Killerman’s Run Riesling has a very crisp line of lively acidity cutting through the fruit before it...

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Zind Humbrecht 2011 Riesling Terroir d'Alsace 750ml

$39.04

Olivier Humbrecht’s 2011 Riesling Terroir d’Alsace is sourced primarily from sites that previously informed a Turckheim bottling, though also from the Herrenweg, and is finished with the five grams of residual sugar that he is treating as the...

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Loimer 2015 Riesling Langenlois 750ml

$39.04

  Fresh lime and apple are tinged with fresh ginger and lime zest on a pungent nose and juicy, snappy yet polished palate. The invigorating, mouthwatering finish introduces crystalline mineral impingements to complement the incisive, zesty...

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Pewsey Vale 2011 Riesling 'The Contours' 750ml

$43.39

Critical Acclaim: The gorgeous, evolving nose on the 2008 The Contours Riesling is replete with notes of beeswax, honeyed toast and lemon curd over hints of chalk dust, shaved almonds and fresh hay. Dry and light-bodied, it has a good backbone of acid to...

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Rudi Pichler 2015 Riesling Terrassen Smaragd 750ml

$52.08

Sourced from many different sites, the 2015 Riesling Smaragd Terrassen opens with a lovely clear and flavored bouquet of perfect ripe and precise white stone fruit aromas. On the palate, this is a very pure and elegant Riesling with lots of tension and...

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