Riesling, Germany

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.
Germany is fully capable of producing some of the world's great white wines. One hundred years ago the demand for and thus prices commanded for the wines from the finest vineyards in Piesport, Morcobrunn and Rudesheim rivalled the best wines from Bordeaux. Largely due to the lack of government regulation into the quality of wine output, Germany over the past century became known for producing sweet sugar-water wines at cheap costs, flooding the world market. This has had a negative effect on the perception of Germany wines worldwide, but rest assured we only choose to stock Germany wines of high quality.

The Riesling grape with all its versatility is the main grape variety, and whilst many countries make Riesling, none can match the mouth-watering freshness and supreme delicacy achieved in a Mosel Kabinett from a top producer. Germany dry Rieslings as a rule tend to to be very graceful and elegant as compared to Rieslings from other countries, with an emphasis on finesse, not power. Standout producers such as Robert Weil make the headlines, but Donnhoff, JL Wolf, A Christmann and Dr Loosen are too worth seeking out.

Another most interesting contribution from Germany was Eiswine (ice wine), which until the 1970s was a freak of nature, though is now carefully managed. To produce Eiswine, parcels of vines are left out exposed to the frost, and although the production cost is astronomical they remain very popular. Robust Pinot Blancs and Pinot Gris are also produced in the whites and Pinot Noir, referred to as Spätburgunder is also grown.

The climate in Germany is, for the most part, cool, the exception being in the Pfalz and in Baden. As a result, vineyards are carefully selected with good sunlight exposure a must. For example along the banks of the Mosel River, vines are only planted one side, as there isn't enough sunlight exposure to ripen grapes on the north-facing side.

Key regions include Mosel and Nahe where extraordinary Rieslings are produced.
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  1. Dr L Dry Riesling 2020
    Pristine, fragrant white peach and chalky mineral tones collide in this dry, fresh-fruited Riesling. Steely on the finish, it's a remarkable value for a sophisticated yet easy-drinking wine that's likely to please many. Best enjoyed young. - Wine Enthusiast This ... Learn More
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  2. Dr L Dry Riesling 2019
    Pristine, fragrant white peach and chalky mineral tones collide in this dry, fresh-fruited Riesling. Steely on the finish, it's a remarkable value for a sophisticated yet easy-drinking wine that's likely to please many. Best enjoyed young. - Wine Enthusiast This ... Learn More
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  3. Jl Wolf 'Wachenheimer' Riesling 2019
    Made by the famous and energetic Ernie Loosen (of Dr Loosen fame), voted one of the World's 50 Most Influential Winemakers in Wine & Spirits Magazine. The fruit for the Wachenheimer Riesling comes from a single-vineyard site , called Königswingert (“King’s ... Learn More
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  4. Jl Wolf 'Wachenheimer' Riesling 2018
    Made by the famous and energetic Ernie Loosen (of Dr Loosen fame), voted one of the World's 50 Most Influential Winemakers in Wine & Spirits Magazine. The fruit for the Wachenheimer Riesling comes from a single-vineyard site , called Königswingert (“King’s ... Learn More
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  5. Jl Wolf 'Wachenheimer' Riesling 2017
    Made by the famous and energetic Ernie Loosen (of Dr Loosen fame), voted one of the World's 50 Most Influential Winemakers in Wine & Spirits Magazine. The fruit for the Wachenheimer Riesling comes from a single-vineyard site , called Königswingert (“King’s ... Learn More
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  6. Juwel Rheinhessen Riesling 2020
    A Riesling full of peach and lime scents. The palate presents itself with a juicy yet delicate and elegant minerality. Moderate in alcohol, the play between sweet and sour awards it with finesse and lightness, a distinct characteristic of the ... Learn More
  7. Prinz Riesling Rheingau Trocken 2019
    Fred and Sabine Prinz and their estate is indeed a revelation. It started as the archetypal “garage estate” when Fred started making small batches of wine under the house in 1991, whilst he was the full-time winemaker at the Kloster Erberbach ... Learn More
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  8. Prinz Riesling Rheingau Trocken 2020
    Fred and Sabine Prinz and their estate is indeed a revelation. It started as the archetypal “garage estate” when Fred started making small batches of wine under the house in 1991, whilst he was the full-time winemaker at the Kloster Erberbach ... Learn More
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  9. Wittmann Estate Riesling 2018
    The 2018 Riesling trocken is sourced 100% from the calcareous sites in Westhofen. ... Learn More
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  10. A. Christmann 'Pfalz' Riesling 2020
    The Pfalz Riesling is produced from the grapes of first pickings in our classified sites. These are always picked on the perfect degree of ripeness limiting the amount of fruit acid to a moderate level. The wine unites the minerality, ... Learn More
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  11. A. Christmann 'Pfalz' Riesling 2018
    The Pfalz Riesling is produced from the grapes of first pickings in our classified sites. These are always picked on the perfect degree of ripeness limiting the amount of fruit acid to a moderate level. The wine unites the minerality, ... Learn More
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  12. Dr Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2020
    The Dr. Loosen Riesling Graacher Himmelreich discloses a bright yellow colour. The aromas are dominated by stone fruits such as mirabelle, peach and Granny Smith. The delicate tart texture of Dr. Loosen Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett reveals a real splendour ... Learn More
  13. Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2020
    The Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett reveals aromas of ripe apples and pears in a golden yellow colour. Passionfruit, pomegranate and smoky-salty notes complete the mineral bouquet. Fresh, tangy, soft on the palate, with a mineral pressure and a ... Learn More
  14. Dr Loosen Riesling Sekt NV
    The Dr. Loosen Sekt Extra Dry is produced with fruit from estate vineyards within the Middle Mosel. The grapes are selectively hand picked as healthy fruit unaffected by botrytis. Aromatically this wine is bright and linear, with notes of green ... Learn More
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  15. 2019 Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett
    The Sundial vineyard in Wehlen is almost nothing but broken shards of blue Devonian slate. 100% Riesling from vines over 60 years old on average. The 2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett is fresh and reductive on the attractively clear and aromatic nose with ... Learn More
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  16. Donnhoff 'Oberhauser Leistenberg' Riesling Kabinett 2018
    Sourced from a steep, southeast-facing slope with grey clay slate soil. A perfect vineyard for Kabinett wines! A cool, fresh nose with white peach, fresh fig and apple aromas. With well-defined, spicy fruit, very elegant with a wonderful balance between ... Learn More
  17. Dr Loosen 'Graacher Himmelreich' Kabinett 2017
    The small village of Graach lies between two more-famous neighbours: Bernkastel and Wehlen. This vineyard’s steep, southwest-facing slopes and deep soils produce wines that combine the elegance of Wehlen with the rustic strength of Bernkastel. Because of the forceful ... Learn More
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  18. Dr Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Auslese 2019 375 ml
    Dr Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese is enormously rich, with gorgeous layers of fruit and a lush texture. Auslese means “selected from the harvest”, and is a luscious, limited-production sweet wine made from very ripe clusters that are about 50% ... Learn More
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  19. 2019 Dr Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Auslese
    The 2019 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese is clear and bright on the stillclosed nose yet less complex compared to the Sonnenuhr (probably due to the recent bottling). The wine is clear and fresh, shows caramelized apple flavours, finely classy acidity ... Learn More
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  20. Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2019
    The 2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese was made with fruit harvested at 93° Oechsle. It offers a rather pure and subtly ample nose made of pear puree, vineyard peach, apricot blossom, almond cream, smoky elements, and floral notes. The wine is ... Learn More
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  21. Dr Loosen Riesling Beerenauslese 375ml 2017
    An intense, ultra-concentrated dessert wine made from hand-selected grapes that have been shrivelled about halfway to raisins by botrytis. The multi-faceted, complex, full-bodied bouquet wraps enchanting aromas of ripe tropical fruit, caramel and bergamot. Wine charms rich and dense creamy ... Learn More
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  22. Joh Jos Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett 2019
    A clear and elegant tropical-scented bouquet of mangos, passion fruit and figs. - Robert Parker An attractive and aromatic nose of vineyard peach, smoke, laurel, candied grapefruit, and herbs. Juicy yellow fruits with even a touch of honeyed elements make ... Learn More
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  23. Joh Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett Riesling 2019
    A beautifully smoky and herbal nose made of vineyard peach, mirabelle, damson plum, and vineyard peach. The wine coats the palate with ripe, clean, and juicy fruits and leaves a beautifully energetic, zesty, and superbly focused feel in the very ... Learn More
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  24. Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Grosses Gewächs 2019
    From vines planted in 1911 or earlier in the Laichen lieu-dit, Loosen's 2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling GG Alte Reben is sylphlike, highly delicate and fine in its multilayered, fruity, floral and crunchy/flinty bouquet that reveals very fine slate aromas and even ... Learn More
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  25. ONLINE TASTING PACK - SUMMER OF RIESLING

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 22nd of October 2020. This event is all about the perfect summer ... Learn More

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  26. Joh Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese 2019
    "Few estates in the world can claim to have maintained the highest quality standards uninterrupted for half a century and more. Joh Jos Prüm, the most famous of the many Mosel wine estates bearing the Prüm name, is ... Learn More
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  27. Joh Jos Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2019
    The Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard has become intrinsically attached to the name of Joh. Jos. Prüm. The Estate owns five hectares of this majestic site. It offers perfect growing conditions for the Riesling grape. The wines of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr ... Learn More
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  28. 2019 Dr Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Grosses Gewächs Riesling
    From volcanic soils, the 2019 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling GG Alte Reben is beautifully clear, fresh and subtle on the precise and highly finessed bouquet of slate, iodine and herbal scents. The warm and elegant Riesling fruit intertwined with very fine ... Learn More
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  29. 2019 Dr Loosen Erdener Treppchen Grosses Gewächs Riesling
    The 2019 Erdener Treppchen Riesling GG Alte Reben comes from two very old plots adjacent the Prälat that have never been replanted since long before World War I. It shows a clear, intense yet subtle and deep, highly complex but ... Learn More
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  30. 2019 Dr Loosen Erdener Prälat Auslese Goldkapsel 375ml
    The 2019 Graacher Domprobst Riesling GG is coolish and slatey on the darker-toned, aromatic, slightly flinty and very elegant nose that reveals perfectly ripe apricot and more lush stone fruit aromas with notes of slate oil. Finely classy on the the ... Learn More
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  31. Brundlmayer 'Heiligenstein Lyra' Riesling 2016
    A stunning combination of elegance and rustic strength. Aromas or white fruit and citrus with floral notes.Rich on the palate with juicy fruit and the crisp minerality balances the slight sweetness. ... Learn More
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  32. Gunderloch Rothenburg Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2016
    Fermented and aged 90% in oak (1,200-liter Stückfass), the 2016 Rothenberg Riesling GG has a clear, pure, deep and spicy bouquet that indicates great complexity and elegance. On the palate, this is a full-bodied, pure and very elegant Riesling with intense ... Learn More
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  33. Gunderloch 'Rothenberg Grosses Gewachs' Riesling 2017
    A mouthwatering German Riesling, sourced from the Rothenberg vineyard, a "Grosses Gewachs" or "Great Growth" vineyard. Off-dry in character with a cleansing acidity and plenty of citrus and stone fruit make this a perfect aperitif. Aromas of citrus, floral, honey ... Learn More
  34. Joh. Jos Prum 'Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese' Riesling 2017
    "..an intense, savory aroma, with racy flavors of slate, sea salt and white pepper accented by green apple and white cherry notes. Fine, bright apricot fruit. It is sweet but somehow you hardly notice the sweetness within the harmony of ... Learn More
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  35. Dr Loosen Riesling Eiswein 375ml 2016
    Soaring aromas of apricot marmalade, fresh guava juice, kiwi and key lime. Intensely sweet on the palate but perfectly balanced by rapier sharp acidity. Flavours are focused on fresh shortbread, golden raisins, vanilla cream, all wrapped up in layers of ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. Online Tasting Pack - Old World V New World Thursday 28th Oct 6:30pm AEDT

    It's back by popular demand! The ultimate debate in wine, Old World  V New World. Two Master of Wines' going head to head on arguably the most controversial subject in wine, we have Alistair Cooper MW in the ... Learn More

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  39. 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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