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 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
  2. ZILZIE 'SELECTION 23' MERLOT 2018
    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
  3. NORFOLK RISE MERLOT 2017
    Lifted red berries, mint, stone fruits and sweet cherries. The palate features plum, spice and forest fruit flavours balanced by chocolate and vanilla oak notes, finishing with good length and soft fine tannins. ... Learn More
  4. NORFOLK RISE MERLOT 2016
    Lifted red berries, mint, stone fruits and sweet cherries. The palate features plum, spice and forest fruit flavours balanced by chocolate and vanilla oak notes, finishing with good length and soft fine tannins. Outstanding value! "This shows a lot of “ ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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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    James Halliday
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  9. 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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  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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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  13. 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
  14. 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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  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. PIKES 'TRADITIONALE' RIESLING 2019
    With a history dating back to 1878, the Pike family has a past rich in brewing and winemaking. Current custodians, Neil & Andrew form a formidable partnership creating wines that express terroir magnificently. One of their icon wines, the 'Traditionale' Riesling manages ... Learn More
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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
  21. ROCKBARE CLARE VALLEY RIESLING 2019
    Showing a light straw colour, this Clare Valley Riesling gives off lifted fragrances of balm, lemon blossom and white florals from the nose. The intense and attractive palate is full of freshly squeezed lemon juice, orange blossom honey, ‘Bickfords’ lime ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  22. FROGMORE CREEK RIESLING 2017
    These slowly-ripened grapes develop pure fruit flavours, fresh natural acidity and are perfect for making seriously good wines. ... Learn More
  23. JIM BARRY WATERVALE RIESLING 2017
    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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  24. FROGMORE CREEK 'FGR' RIESLING 2018
    These slowly-ripened grapes develop pure fruit flavours, fresh natural acidity and are perfect for making seriously good wines. Very floral aromas dominated by honeysuckle. The Palate has good balanced sugar, acid with fresh lime flavours. FGR is a wine acronym ... Learn More
  25. TORZI MATTHEWS 'FROST DODGER' RIESLING 2019
    Hand picked whole bunch pressed and free run juice only. Old Vine Eden Valley Riesling sourced from two frost pocketed vineyards dating back to 1930. Expect high tone aromatics of white stone fruits, white flowers & lime. The real star is the ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  26. 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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  27. TORZI MATTHEWS 'FROST DODGER' RIESLING 2020
    Hand picked whole bunch pressed and free run juice only. Old Vine Eden Valley Riesling sourced from two frost pocketed vineyards dating back to 1930. Expect high tone aromatics of white stone fruits, white flowers & lime. The real star is the ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  28. FRANKLAND ESTATE RIESLING 2019
    With aromas of white citrus flower and blossom this wine starts with alluring appeal. The soft and approachable start builds with a combination of lime, bath salts and mandarin pith. The richness of fruit is highlighted by the texture, spice ... Learn More
  29. ERIN EYES 'EMERALD ISLE' RIESLING 2019
    Awarded a Gold medal from the Australian Wine Showcase, and also given a 93 point score from Huon Hooke. Emerald Isle is Steve Wiblin's second label Riesling. Sourced from Sevenhill, this is a wine that will probably outlive us all. Wet ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  30. EDEN ROAD CANBERRA RIESLING 2018
    "Riesling is one of the Canberra District icons. We believe Canberra does and will continue to produce some of the best examples of Riesling in Australia. Its continental climate is perfectly suited to growing lively and beautifully poised Riesling." Intense ... Learn More
  31. ERIN EYES 'PRIDE OF ERIN RESERVE' RIESLING 2020
    ALthough only just released, this 2020 has already received high praise. Pride of Erin is Steve Wiblin's top Riesling. Sourced from Sevenhill, this complex, intense wine will probably outlive us all. Wet stone, talc, white flowers and a promise of intense ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
  32. 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
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  33. ERIN EYES 'PRIDE OF ERIN RESERVE' RIESLING 2019
    Voted #1 Riesling by Huon Hooke Pride of the Erin is Steve Wiblin's top Riesling, and in 2019, a challenging and intensely low-yielding vintage, he has ransacked every iota of available flavour he could possibly muster. Sourced from Sevenhill, this behemoth is ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  34. WOODS CRAMPTON 'BLACK LABEL' RIESLING 2018
    100% hand picked, 100% whole bunch pressed - just the freerun juice is used. On yeast lees for 4 months before bottling. The nose is pure and fresh. It is dominated by citrus aromas along with hints of green apple and floral blossom. ... Learn More
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  35. MOUNT HORROCKS 'WATERVALE' RIESLING 2019
    An outstanding limited release Riesling of the highest echelon, regularly acknowledged among the finest in Australia and admired around the world. One the nose it is super-fragrant – floral aromatics leap from the glass. The palate follows with crunchy crisp lemon-lime ... Learn More
  36. KOERNER BROTHERS WATERVALE RIESLING 2019
    Clare Valley's Koerner Wine scored the top gong in the national wine competition. Winemaking brothers Damon and Jono Koerner, from Koerner Wine in the Clare Valley, have been crowned the 2019 Young Gun of Wine (YGOW). "Brothers Koerner showcases our two ... Learn More
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  37. JOSEF CHROMY BOTRYTIS RIESLING 2017 (375ML)
    Spiced lemon, sweet blood orange and preserved peach flavours meld seamlessly with classic Riesling talc and subtle Botrytis characters and natural cool climate acidity to create a wine of complexity, structure and length. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  38. WEINGUT LEITZ 'EINZ ZWEI DRY' RHEINGAU RIESLING 2017
    This is everything that is great about German Riesling; elegance, subtle beauty and finesse. Complex yet still so drinkable. ... Learn More
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    Sunday Times UK
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  39. 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
  40. JIM BARRY 'SINGLE VINEYARD' RIESLING 2017
    A generous opulent style Riesling with an aromatic drive of pink grapefruit, florals, green apple and a lift of tropical guava. Generous flavours of citrus and tropical fruit to open, tied together by a loosely woven framework of zippy acid. ... Learn More
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