Riesling

Riesling

Riesling's twin peaks are its intense perfume and its piercing crisp acidity which it manages to retain even at high ripeness levels.

In Germany, Riesling constitutes around 20% of total plantings, yet it is responsible for all its greatest wines. It is planted widely on well-drained, south-facing slate-rich slopes, with the greatest wines coming from the best slopes in the best villages. It produces delicate, racy, nervy and stylish wines that cover a wide spectrum of flavours from steely and bone dry with beautifully scented fruits of apples,apricots, and sometimes peaches, through to the exotically sweet flavours of the great sweet wines.

It is also an important variety in Alsace where it produces slightly earthier, weightier and fuller wines than in Germany. The dry Rieslings can be austere and steely with hints of honey while the Vendages Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles are some of the greatest sweet wines in the world.

It is thanks to the New World that Riesling is enjoying a marked renaissance. In Australia the grape has developed a formidable reputation, delivering lime-sherbet fireworks amid the continental climate of Clare Valley an hour's drive north of Adelaide, while Barossa's Eden Valley is cooler still, producing restrained stony lime examples from the elevated granitic landscape; Tasmania is fast becoming their third Riesling mine, combining cool temperatures with high UV levels to deliver stunning prototypes.

New Zealand shares a similar climate, with Riesling and Pinot Gris neck to neck in their bid to be the next big thing after Sauvignon Blanc; perfectly suited is the South Island's Central Otago, with its granitic soils and continental climate, and the pebbly Brightwater area near Nelson. While Australia's Rieslings tend to be full-bodied & dry, the Kiwis are more inclined to be lighter bodied, more ethereal and sometimes off-dry; Alsace plays Mosel if you like.

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2018 Saar Riesling, Van Volxem, Mosel, Germany
White
2018
Ready, but will keep
Medium Bodied
Dry
12.0% Alcohol
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£15.96 – bottle (75cl)
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2017 Riesling, Toreye, Alte Reben, Eymann, Pfalz, Germany
White
2017
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Medium Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2019 Riesling, Trocken, Eva Fricke, Rheingau, Germany
White
2019
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Medium Bodied
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12.0% Alcohol
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£28.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2017 Graacher Domprobst, Riesling Spätlese #10, Willi Schaefer, Mosel
White
2017
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Sweet
7.0% Alcohol
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2016 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese, J.J. Prüm, Mosel, Germany
White
2016
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Medium Bodied
Off Dry
8.0% Alcohol
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£34.94 – half bottle (37.5cl)
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2017 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule, H. Dönnhoff
White
2017
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Medium Dry
7.5% Alcohol
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£37.00 – half bottle (37.5cl)
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2016 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Auslese GoldCap, Dönnhoff, Nahe
White
2016
Ready, but will improve
Medium Bodied
Luscious
7.5% Alcohol
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2016 Scharzhof Riesling QbA, Egon Müller, Mosel, Germany
White
2016
Ready, but will improve
Medium Bodied
Medium Dry
9.5% Alcohol
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2017 Kusuda Wines Riesling, Martinborough, New Zealand
White
2017
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Medium Bodied
Dry
12.0% Alcohol
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£43.63 – bottle (75cl)
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2016 Lorcher Krone Riesling Trocken, Grand Cru, Eva Fricke, Rheingau
White
2016
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Medium Bodied
Dry
12.5% Alcohol
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£86.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2017 Wiltinger Braune Kupp Spatlese, Egon Muller
White
2017
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Medium Bodied
Dry
8.5% Alcohol
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£96.00 – magnum (150cl)
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2011 Riesling Durnsteiner Kellerburg, Smaragd, F. X. Pichler, Loiben
White
2011
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Medium Bodied
Dry
14.5% Alcohol
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£97.75 – magnum (150cl)
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2017 Lorchhäuser Seligmacher Riesling, Eva Fricke, Rheingau
White
2017
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Medium Bodied
Off Dry
11.5% Alcohol
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£112.00 – magnum (150cl)
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2017 Riesling, Muenchberg, Grand Cru, Domaine André Ostertag, Alsace
White
2017
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
14.0% Alcohol
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£145.34 – half bottle (37.5cl)
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2002 Erdener Treppchen, Riesling Eiswein Dr Loosen, Mosel
White
2002
Ready, but will keep
Medium Bodied
Luscious
6.0% Alcohol
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£166.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2017 Wiltinger Braune Kupp Auslese Riesling, Egon Muller
White
2017
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Full Bodied
Luscious
7.5% Alcohol
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£187.00 – magnum (150cl)
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2016 Wiltinger Braune Kupp Spatlese, Egon Muller
White
2016
Ready, but will improve
Medium Bodied
Dry
12.0% Alcohol
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