Riesling, Merlot

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.
Merlot in Australia is not a variety you will often see unblended, until recently. It is most often used to add suppleness and mid-palate to Cabernet’s stern, serious structure. In Australia, Merlot is now achieving considerable recognition as a varietal wine. Merlot blended wines are available from the warmer inland regions, such as Riverina, Riverland and Murray Darling. Single varietal Merlot from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale produces a softer dry plummy wine. Whereas the cooler climates such as the Yarra Valley and Margaret River tends to take on more savoury characters with firmer tannins.

It is the most widely planted grape in Bordeaux, France where planting has rapidly expanded throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils, is relatively simple to cultivate and is a naturally high yielding. In St Emilion and Pomerol, it withstands the moist clay-rich soils far better than Cabernet, producing opulently rich, plummy wines. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of some of the best (and most expensive) Merlot based wines.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in New Zealand, California, Chile and Northern Italy. New Zealand's Hawkes Bay is producing outstanding Merlot-based blends, especially from the Gimblett Gravels.
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  1. Zilzie 'Selection 23' Merlot 2020
    As with all Zilzie wines, this represents outstanding value and superb quality for the price. Perfect every day wine from one of the oldest wine producing families in Australia. ... Learn More
  2. Zilzie 'Selection 23' Merlot 2019
    As with all Zilzie wines, this represents outstanding value and superb quality for the price. Perfect every day wine from one of the oldest wine producing families in Australia. ... Learn More
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  3. Road To Enlightenment Riesling 2021
    Road to Enlightenment Riesling is regional and varietally expressive - full of character and exceptionally drinkable. Sourced from a combination of older and younger vines in the heart of the Clare Valley, just off the Horrocks Highway to the north ... Learn More
  4. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Merlot 2018
    12 months in tight grain French and American oak. The nose has primarily lifted strawberry and plum fruit characters. Medium-bodied with an abundance of the primary characters carried through from the nose of plum and strawberry there is also a presence ... Learn More
  5. Road To Enlightenment Riesling 2020
    Road to Enlightenment Riesling is regional and varietally expressive - full of character and exceptionally drinkable. Sourced from a combination of older and younger vines in the heart of the Clare Valley, just off the Horrocks Highway to the north ... Learn More
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  6. Road To Enlightenment Riesling 2019
    Road to Enlightenment Riesling is regional and varietally expressive - full of character and exceptionally drinkable. Sourced from a combination of older and younger vines in the heart of the Clare Valley, just off the Horrocks Highway to the north ... Learn More
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  7. Giesen Merlot 2020
    A generous, smooth Merlot from the Hawke's Bay wine region, Giesen's Estate Merlot is a wine that's very approachable in youth and suitable for any occasion. The fruit is sourced from a premium Gisborne vineyard, producing a Merlot with good ... Learn More
    Giesen Merlot 2020
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    Sam Kim
  8. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Riesling 2020
    The 2019 vintage was named in James Hallidays Top 100 wines October 2019. This wine is offering great vibrancy and freshness now, but will also develop beautifully with age. Bright ripe lemon fruit characters dominate the palate and crisp minerally acid forms the ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  9. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Riesling 2019
    The 2019 vintage was named in James Hallidays Top 100 wines October 2019. This wine is offering great vibrancy and freshness now, but will also develop beautifully with age. Bright ripe lemon fruit characters dominate the palate and crisp minerally acid forms the ... Learn More
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  10. Giesen Merlot 2018
    Giesen's Estate Merlot is a wine that's very approachable in youth and suitable for any occasion. The fruit is sourced from a premium Gisborne vineyard, producing a Merlot with good fruit intensity and a touch of complexity through restrained use ... Learn More
    Giesen Merlot 2018
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  11. Frankland Estate 'Rocky Gully' Riesling 2021
    Made to enjoy in its youth the Rocky Gully Riesling displays generosity of flavour and delicacy making it an ideal accompaniment with a wide range of foods and occasions. Fresh pear and citrus blossom aromas, as well as bath salt ... Learn More
  12. Frankland Estate 'Rocky Gully' Riesling 2020
    Made to enjoy in its youth the Rocky Gully Riesling displays generosity of flavour and delicacy making it an ideal accompaniment with a wide range of foods and occasions. Fresh pear and citrus blossom aromas, as well as bath salt ... Learn More
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  13. Frankland Estate 'Rocky Gully' Riesling 2019
    Made to enjoy in its youth the Rocky Gully Riesling displays generosity of flavour and delicacy making it an ideal accompaniment with a wide range of foods and occasions. Fresh pear and citrus blossom aromas, as well as bath salt ... Learn More
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  14. Jaeschkes Hill River Clare Riesling 2019
    Jaeschke’s Hill River Clare Estate is a family owned single vineyard located in the Polish Hill River Valley, 6kms South-East of Clare. This Riesling shows fragrant floral & tropical fruit aromas on the nose, followed by a typical Polish Hill ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  15. Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2021
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! The Watervale Riesling is picked from a special part of the Florita vineyard in Watervale. This famous Riesling vineyard usually achieves full ripeness, with high natural acid levels. The nose displays ... Learn More
  16. Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2020
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! The Watervale Riesling is picked from a special part of the Florita vineyard in Watervale. This famous Riesling vineyard usually achieves full ripeness, with high natural acid levels. The nose displays ... Learn More
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  17. Woods Crampton White Label Riesling 2020
    Sourced from three higher altitude and well established Eden Valley vineyards just below 600 metres. The nose is very fresh and restrained, tending towards citrus with subtle floral notes. The palate is elegant and pure with a core of delicate citrus ... Learn More
  18. Woods Crampton White Label Riesling 2019
    Sourced from three higher altitude and well established Eden Valley vineyards just below 600 metres. The nose is very fresh and restrained, tending towards citrus with subtle floral notes. The palate is elegant and pure with a core of delicate citrus ... Learn More
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  19. Woods Crampton White Label Riesling 2018
    Sourced from three higher altitude and well established Eden Valley vineyards just below 600 metres. The nose is very fresh and restrained, tending towards citrus with subtle floral notes. The palate is elegant and pure with a core of delicate citrus ... Learn More
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  20. Delatite 'Estate' Riesling 2019
    The perfumed nose hints at a wine that may be sweet but the palate shows that this is a classic dry Riesling with a crisp and clean finish. Alluring in it’s youth but it will amply reward cellaring for ... Learn More
  21. Delatite 'Estate' Riesling 2018
    The perfumed nose hints at a wine that may be sweet but the palate shows that this is a classic dry Riesling with a crisp and clean finish. Alluring in it’s youth but it will amply reward cellaring for ... Learn More
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  22. Atlas Watervale Riesling 2019
    The fruit is sourced from 2 distinguished vineyard sites in the Clare Valley. The main part is sourced from a premium vineyard owned by the famous Koerner family which also sells fruit to wineries such as Vickery, Adelina and Leo Buring. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  23. Atlas Watervale Riesling 2021
    The fruit is sourced from 2 distinguished vineyard sites in the Clare Valley. The main part is sourced from a premium vineyard owned by the famous Koerner family which also sells fruit to wineries such as Vickery, Adelina and Leo Buring. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  24. Atlas Watervale Riesling 2020
    The fruit is sourced from 2 distinguished vineyard sites in the Clare Valley. The main part is sourced from a premium vineyard owned by the famous Koerner family which also sells fruit to wineries such as Vickery, Adelina and Leo Buring. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  25. United Cellars Selection 'Riesling By Tom Barry' 2019
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! Sourced from both the prestigious Watervale sub region and the Barry’s own 40 yr old Lodge Hill vineyard in the Clare Valley. The palate shows lime citrus peel and ginger. There ... Learn More
  26. Nick O'Leary Riesling 2018
    Aromatics of white flowers, apple blossom and citrus. The palate is generous with a powerful mix of Granny Smith apple and freshly squeezed lime. The mouth-watering natural acidity leads to a pristine palate of balance and length. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  27. Rieslingfreak No 3 Clare Valley Riesling 2021
    Made from the family vineyard, White Hutt, Clare Valley. The heavy red clay soils contribute to the fruit intensity of this wine. No.3 is a fruit driven style of Riesling. Classic flavours of this vineyard include ripe lemon and limes ... Learn More
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  28. Rieslingfreak No 5 Off-Dry Clare Valley Riesling 2021
    Rieslingfreak No.5, like No.3 is made from the family vineyard, but with the grapes harvested from a vineyard with lighter soils therefore providing a lighter style of wine. The grapes are harvested earlier in the season, to provide a wine ... Learn More
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  29. Rieslingfreak No 3 Clare Valley Riesling 2020
    Made from the family vineyard, White Hutt, Clare Valley. The heavy red clay soils contribute to the fruit intensity of this wine. No.3 is a fruit driven style of Riesling. Classic flavours of this vineyard include ripe lemon and limes ... Learn More
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  30. Philip Shaw 'The Conductor' Merlot 2016
    The high altitude, age and aspect of Orange and in particular the Koomooloo vineyard has ideal conditions for producing a Pinot Noir of great complexity. The Conductor wears a medium colour with a bright red hue and smells of rich ... Learn More
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  31. Vickery Eden Valley Riesling 2021
    A precise portrait of Eden Valley riesling achieved despite a torrid growing season, the downside the miserable size of the yield, the upside its floral lime/lemon aromas, the palate with marvellous juicy flavours framed by mouthwatering acidity. - James ... Learn More
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  32. Robert Stein Dry Riesling 2021
    The 2021 has many of the same characteristics as the 2019 vintage, and shows that Riesling can perform very well in cooler years. A classical dry Riesling, with all the lime and fruit characters you would expect, and a crisp and racy ... Learn More
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    Nick Butler
  33. Vickery Eden Valley Riesling 2020
    A precise portrait of Eden Valley riesling achieved despite a torrid growing season, the downside the miserable size of the yield, the upside its floral lime/lemon aromas, the palate with marvellous juicy flavours framed by mouthwatering acidity. - James ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Paul Ippolito
  34. Vickery WaterVale Riesling 2020
    There’s a generosity to this wine, opening with lime, lemon and apple blossom, then throwing in hints of spice and lemon zest. The palate picks up the pace with flavours from here, there and everywhere. - James Halliday John ... Learn More
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  35. Vinemind Riesling 2018
    VineMind Clare Valley Riesling 2018 is a classic Clare Riesling from a great vineyard. It is chalky, lemon, citrus, floral. Lean and dry with great lean. ... Learn More
  36. SYP Monsters Attack Riesling 2020
    Some Young Punks' texture-rich, zingy and citrussy Riesling is sourced from a single site north of the Watervale township. Peach flesh with strong lime and lemon zest on the nose. The balance is superb, and the wine tastes like a ... Learn More
  37. Plantagenet 'Museum Release' Riesling 2010
    "Beautifully balanced, fresh lime juice and lemon blossom flavours fill its zesty concentrated palate, with minerally acidity streaming long into the finish" - Nick Stock. ... Learn More
  38. Erin Eyes 'Emerald Isle' Riesling 2021
    Emerald Isle is Steve Wiblin's second label Riesling. Sourced from Sevenhill, this is a wine that will probably outlive us all. Wet stone, talc, white flowers and a promise of intense citrus flavours on the nose, the palate features a ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  39. Rieslingfreak No.4 Eden Valley Riesling 2021
    The bouquet leaps forth with aromas of white florals, sweet spice, lime and quince. The palate is elegant yet assuredly structured with foundational slate-like minerality running beneath the more delicate flavours of citrus and rosewater. ... Learn More
  40. No.3 Clare Valley Riesling 2021
    Made from the family vineyard, White Hutt, Clare Valley. The heavy red clay soils contribute to the fruit intensity of this wine. No.3 is a fruit driven style of Riesling. Classic flavours of this vineyard include ripe lemon and limes ... Learn More
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