Riesling, Nebbiolo, 2013

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.
Whilst it is the first to flower, Nebbiolo is the last to ripen, which means it is susceptible not only to spring frosts but also early autumn frosts. It requires good drainage and will sulk in the rain, meaning the growing regions it does best in have all their rainfall in the winter and have mostly dry spring, summer and autumn seasons. The one viticultural godsend of this fickle variety is in its thick skins, which are very disease resistant later in the season.

Found historically in Barolo and Barbaresco, with new world plantings in Australia and Okanagan Valley showing the diversity of style this variety can produce.
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  1. PLANTAGENET 'MUSEUM RELEASE' RIESLING 2013
    96 POINTS, JAMES HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION Great Southern Riesling deserves more attention in the world of wine, particularly at this price. Beautifully balanced, fresh lime juice and lemon blossom flavours fill its zesty, concentrated palate, with minerally acidity streaming long into ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  2. CLOS CLARE 'WATERVALE' RIESLING 2013
    Made by 3rd generation wine growers/makers Sam and Tom Barry. A back-vintage release, aged in the Barry Brothers cellar for 5 years. The nose displays aromas of lifted green apple blossom, finger lime and bath salts. Age has added waxy, ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  3. PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO BARBARESCO DOCG 2013
    The 2013 is a tasty, easygoing Barbaresco to drink over the next decade or more. There is good depth in the glass, with pretty notes of tobacco, licorice, herb and worn-in leather that add nuance. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate and a ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
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  4. CASCINA FONTANA BAROLO 2013
    "A blend of Castiglione Falletto and some La Morra this year. I just love 2013: it’s the gift that keeps on giving. I bought three of this, and three of the new Comune di Castiglione Falletto. In terms of style, ... Learn More
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  5. CA'DEL BAIO BARBARESCO 'CRU PORA' 2013
    Winemakers Giulio and Luciana Grasso are extremely proud of their modern, 25 hectare estate, producing some very fine Barbaresco and a range of other wines that leave the competition struggling to catch up. The entire range has a sense of verve, ... Learn More
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    Gambero Rosso Vini d’Italia
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  6. ASCHERI BAROLO 'PISAPOLA' 2013
    Dottore (Doctor) Matteo Ascheri is not only the 5th generation owner and winemaker of his family estate (established 1880), he also runs a 4 star resort and traditional 'Osteria' (restaurant) next to the winery in Bra. In addition to this, Matteo is ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
  7. ASCHERI BAROLO 'SORANO' 2013
    Dottore (Doctor) Matteo Ascheri is not only the 5th generation owner and winemaker of his family estate (established 1880), he also runs a 4 star resort and traditional 'Osteria' (restaurant) next to the winery in Bra. In addition to this, Matteo is ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
  8. 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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  9. MASSOLINO BAROLO 'VIGNA RIONDA RISERVA' 2013
    “If you ask a resident of Serralunga to name the town’s three finest vineyards, one of the trio is sure to be Vigna Rionda … It is an historic vineyard. The quality of its grapes has been celebrated for hundreds ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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  10. SANDRONE BAROLO 'VITE TALIN' 2013
    Just when we thought Luciano Sandrone, a Barolo icon of over 50 vintages (with 40+ under the Sandrone label) might be ready to kick back and put his feet up, he has astounded us—and the rest of the wine world—with ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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    Monica Larner
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