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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2017 Riesling, Auslese, Oberhäuser Brücke, Goldkapsel, Dönnhoff, Nahe, Germany
White
2017
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Medium Dry
7.5% Alcohol
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£33.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2007 Schloss Kupfergrube, Riesling Spätlese, M. Dönnhoff, Nahe
White
2007
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Full Bodied
Luscious
9.5% Alcohol
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£42.67 – bottle (75cl)
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2017 Höllenpfad im Muhlenberg Riesling, Grosses Gewachs, Dönnhoff
White
2017
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Medium Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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£48.35 – half bottle (37.5cl)
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2010 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese, Gold Kapsel, Weingut J.J Prum
White
2010
Ready, but will improve
Medium Bodied
Dry
8.0% Alcohol
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£53.00 – magnum (150cl)
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2018 Dry Riesling,Kreuznacher Kahlenberg Dönnhoff, Nahe, Germany
White
2018
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Medium Bodied
Off Dry
12.5% Alcohol
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£66.00 – magnum (150cl)
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2018 Riesling, Spätlese, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Joh. Jos. Prüm, Mosel, Germany
White
2018
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Sweet
9.0% Alcohol
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2016 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese GoldKapsel, J.J Prüm, Germany
White
2016
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Sweet
8.0% Alcohol
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£90.00 – magnum (150cl)
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2012 Riesling, Loibner Steinertal Smaragd, F. X. Pichler
White
2012
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Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2011 Riesling Steinertal Smaragd, F. X. Pichler, Loiben
White
2011
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13.5% Alcohol
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£117.79 – bottle (75cl)
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2014 Erdener Prälat Riesling GG Réserve, Dr Loosen, Mosel, Germany
White
2014
Ready, but will improve
Medium Bodied
Medium Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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£129.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2019 Riesling, Scharzhofberger, Kabinett, Egon Müller, Mosel, Germany
White
2019
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Medium Bodied
Medium Dry
9.0% Alcohol
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2018 Riesling, Auslese, Graacher Himmelreich, Goldkapsel, Joh. Jos. Prüm, Germany
White
2018
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Luscious
7.0% Alcohol
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