Riesling, Albarino

Riesling is a white grape that is famous for its intense aromatics and crisp acidity. Riesling was the most planted white grape in Australia until the early 1990s when Chardonnay took over. Riesling flourishes in the Clare Valley, particularly Watervale, around the Polish Hill River, and in the cooler Eden Valley. Riesling is also being grown with increasing popularity in the Western Australia regions Albany, Frankland River and Porongorup. Australian Rieslings are noted for their citrus/lime fruit flavours in their youth and a smooth balance of freshness, lanolin and acid as they age. Australian botrytized Rieslings have immense levels of flavour concentration with beautiful acid and structure.

Riesling was first planted in New Zealand in the 1970s and has flourished in the relatively cool climates of the Marlborough, Central Otago area and for late harvests in the Nelson region.

Alsace is famous for producing outstanding Riesling from dry austere to Vendages Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles. They tend to be fuller, more savoury and viscous wines than those of other countries.

In Germany, Riesling constitutes around 20% of total plantings. The best examples are planted on south-facing slate-rich slopes. Germany produces many different styles from dry perfumed wines with racy, mineral acidity to exotically lush flavours of their great late harvest wines.
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  1. PETALUMA HANLIN HILL RIESLING 2017
    Sourced from the home of great Australian Riesling, this trademark Clare Valley aromatic white is wonderful when opened upon release and like all great Rieslings, will develop brilliant toasty characters over a 10 year period in the bottle. Pale straw in ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  2. GARAGISTE 'LE STAGIAIRE' RIESLING 2018
    Barnaby Flanders created the Garagiste label following his amicable split with Allies co-founder David Chapman (who continues with the Allies label). ‘Barney’ now focuses on a snug range of small-batch wines from fruit sourced from the highly prized Merricks Grove ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  3. CHAPOUTIER ALSACE RIESLING 'LIEU-DIT BERG' 2015
    The grapes are harvested by hand into 20kg trays. Fine with notes of plum, fresh tangerine citrus, grapefruit, with menthol and celery. Slender and crisp on the palate. This wine has a weave of salty bitters underscored by a dash ... Learn More
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  4. DONNHOFF ESTATE DELLCHEN RIESLING GROSSES GEWACHS 2018
    A historic steeply sloping vineyard which Dönnhoff awoke from its slumber. Steep terraces in a hollow with slate and porphyry soils. The vines are about 20 years old and yield about 35hl/ha. 100% selective hand harvest. The must is fermented ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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    Jancis Robinson
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  5. DONNHOFF ESTATE DELLCHEN RIESLING GROSSES GEWACHS 2016
    Dönnhoff wines have such power and complexity that their signature weightlessness seems nigh on miraculous. One taste and you sense the magic. These wines are on a par with the best of Germany in a very unique way: the ... Learn More
  6. WITTMANN KIRCHSPIEL RIESLING GROSSES GEWÄCHS 2018
    The Kirchspiel grand cru site opens toward the Rhine like an amphitheatre. Its southern and southeastern exposure protects the vines from cold westerly winds – and accounts for the excellent microclimate of the vineyard. The soil structure is similar to that ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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    Jancis Robinson
  7. A.CHRISTMANN IDIG RIESLING GROSSES GEWACHS 2018
    Idig was more or less forgotten until the early 1990s, when the Christmann family of Gimmeldingen purchased choice parcels of the original site and “put Idig on the map” with recognition and awards by leading German and international wine critics ... Learn More
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  8. A.CHRISTMANN IDIG RIESLING GROSSES GEWACHS 2017
    Idig was more or less forgotten until the early 1990s, when the Christmann family of Gimmeldingen purchased choice parcels of the original site and “put Idig on the map” with recognition and awards by leading German and international wine critics ... Learn More
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  9. DONNHOFF HERMANNSHOHLE RIESLING GROSSES GEWACHS 2018
    A perfect, steep southern slope with soils consisting of blackish grey slate and volcanic elements, extremely rich in minerals. This legendary site is the best-rated vineyard in the entire Nahe region. The vines are up to 60 years old and give ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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    Jancis Robinson
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    Stephan Reinhardt
  10. WITTMANN MORSTEIN RIESLING GROSSES GEWÄCHS 2018
    The grand cru Morstein site is situated on the south-facing slope that stretches from Gundersheim to Westhofen. The subsoil consists of massive limestone rocks. The first documented mention of the site dates from 1282. Today, Wittmann owns about 4 ha (10 acres) in ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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    Jancis Robinson
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