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from Germany, this white noble grape probably saw its lowest point in the 70s and 80s when over-production and out-of-date marketing led the wine-drinking public to believe it was just sweet and naff.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

Cono Sur 2015 Riesling 750ml

$10.95

Clean cut notes of lime and grapefruit, mingled with distinct minerality and characteristic balance and length, mark this as a classic. Drink now as an apéritif or with cold meats.

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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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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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Kilikanoon 2015 Killerman's Run Riesling 750ml

$27.74

Intense, a succulent mix of peach, lime and lanolin notes. Hints of white flowers and a drizzle of honey add richness without getting in the way of the vibrant acidity. Drink now. 500 cases imported. Score: 92 points -- Wine Spectator, March 2017

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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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Kendermanns 2015 Classic Riesling 750ml

$10.95

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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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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Fritz Haag 2015 Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett 750ml

$47.74

The 2015 Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett is still pretty reductive, but round, fresh and fruity, with a stimulating piquancy and salinity. A classic Mosel Kabinett with 8.5% alcohol and just the perfect amount of fruit sweetness. Score: 91 points -- The...

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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 2017 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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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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