Riesling, Chardonnay, Biodynamic

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.
Chardonnay is planted in almost every region in the world and makes a wide variety of wine styles from light-bodied, crisp and unoaked through to full-bodied, complex barrel matured versions. Chardonnay is an adaptable variety and can be grown in cool regions as well as warm areas. It is a productive, early budding and early ripening variety.

Chardonnay first came to Australia in the 1920s but didn’t find popularity until the 1970s. Grown all across the country the cool climate versions (like found in the Yarra Valley and Tasmania) tend to be lighter in body with higher acidity and more subtle flavours. Warm climate versions (found in Margaret River, Hunter Valley and the Adelaide Hills) tend to be more full-bodied with richer, riper fruit and bolder flavours.
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  1. STEFANO LUBIANA RIESLING 2018
    100% estate-grown, single-vineyard, certified biodynamic Riesling from soils that are predominantly silty grey gravelly loam over sandstone with some clay loam patches. The fruit is hand picked, then fruit is sorted by hand on a vibrating table. Tasmania’s ultra cool ... Learn More
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  2. WITTMANN ESTATE RIESLING 2018
    The 2018 Riesling trocken is sourced 100% from the calcareous sites in Westhofen. ... Learn More
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  3. WITTMANN ESTATE RIESLING 2017
    The 2017 Riesling trocken is sourced 100% from the calcareous sites in Westhofen. ... Learn More
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  4. GIANT STEPS ‘TARRAFORD VINEYARD’ CHARDONNAY 2017
    2017 was a textbook cool climate vintage in Yarra Valley. Begins with aromas of Apple, lemon curd & hints of wet stone minerality. A well-rounded palate with excellent fruit presence and good weight. Impressive mouthfeel with a long soft finish. ... Learn More
  5. GIANT STEPS ‘SEXTON VINEYARD’ CHARDONNAY 2017
    Hand picked and whole bunch pressed without additions. 20% new French Oak & 80% old used. Complex nose of citrus and green apple, balanced with hints of spice, smoke and flint. Light creamy texture with well balanced minerality and acid structure. Well rounded, ... Learn More
  6. 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
  7. CHAPOUTIER ALSACE RIESLING 'LIEU-DIT BUEHL' 2015
    Grapes are pressed for about 8 hours. Then they are vinified in big traditional Alsatian casks and ferment with natural yeasts. The nose exhibits exotic fruit aromas such as pineapple and mango with mineral notes of blossoms. The palate is powerful ... Learn More
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  8. LAHERTE FRERES BLANC DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNE NV
    100 per cent Chardonnay from the terroirs of Chavot, Vaudancourt, Voipreux 1er Cru and Epernay - all biodynamically farmed. Exuberant with lots of spicy white peach fruit, lemon pith and brown spice. The palate is crunchy and chalky with a delicious ... Learn More
  9. A CHRISTMANN IDIG GROSSES GEWACHS RIESLING 2014
    A beautifully balanced Riesling, with a slippery textured and powerful fruit presence. Essence of Thai piquant spice, flowers and citrus. Making it perfect for Asian cuisine and seafood. This estate only produces wines of the highest quality from the top ... Learn More
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  10. MAISON LEROY BOURGOGNE BLANC 2016
    "..Lalou Bize-Leroy stands virtually alone at the top of Burgundy's quality hierarchy.." - Robert Parker Crafted by uncompromising Lalou Bize-Leroy - arguably one of the best producers in Burgundy. A very aromatic nose in its youth with peach, honey suckle ... Learn More
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  11. AGRAPART MINERAL EXTRA BRUT BLANC DE BLANCS GRAND CRU 2012
    Minéral is blended from two adjacent vieilles vignes plots (50+ years old) of similar, chalky, Grand Cru soils on the border between Avize and Cramant. The fruit from Le Champ Boutons in Avize is fermented in tank, while the component ... Learn More
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  12. CULLEN 'KEVIN JOHN LEGACY SERIES FRUIT DAY' CHARDONNAY 2016
    The 2016 season delivered another outstanding vintage: the fruit produced by all varieties in the vineyards of Cullen Wines was exceptional. Very low yields (below 2 tonnes/hectare) and ideal ripening conditions resulted in wines of great texture and finesse. These low ... Learn More
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  13. A CHRISTMANN IDIG GROSSES GEWACHS RIESLING 2013 MAGNUM
    A beautifully balanced Riesling, with a slippery textured and powerful fruit presence. Essence of Thai piquant spice, flowers and citrus, making it perfect for Asian cuisine and seafood. This estate only produces wines of the highest quality from the top ... Learn More
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