Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc

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.
Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape, that has become incredibly popular, with increased plantings in Australia over the last 10 years. It grows best in the cooler wine regions.

Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills, Margaret River, Orange in New South Wales and Tasmania are all regions which produce wonderful examples of Sauvignon Blanc. The coolest vintages have “grassy”, gooseberry characters, whereas, warmer vintages show more passionfruit flavour, but still with the trademark zingy acidity. In Margaret River, Sauvignon Blanc is often blended with Semillon, this creates a perfect partnership and a fuller style of wine. In New Zealand, Cloudy Bay in the 1980s began producing stunning Sauvignon Blanc wines with extraordinarily intense nettly, gooseberry, and asparagus fruit, that set Marlborough firmly on the world wine map. Today Sauvignon Blanc is now New Zealand's trademark grape.

Sauvignon Blanc is an important white grape in France, especially Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It thrives on the gravelly soils of Bordeaux, where it is blended with Sémillon to produce Bordeaux Blancs and Cru Classé White Graves. Elsewhere in Bordeaux, it is also blended with Sémillon, to produce the amazing dessert wines of Sauternes. In the Loire Valley and particularly on the chalky soils found in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. The wines produced are very different to New World equivalents, they tend to be less pungent, more restrained, mineral with smoky, gunflint notes.

After initial problems, it is now grown very successfully in Chile. The wines are almost halfway between the Loire and New Zealand in terms of fruit character.
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  1. GIESEN 'LIGHTER IN ALCOHOL' SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017
    Sourced from the picturesque Wairau Valley in Marlborough, the fruit is harvested early, which is then pressed to tank for fermentation. A controlled ferment with hand selected yeast ensures aroma and fruit character are retained. The ferment is stopped early ... Learn More
  2. 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
  3. POCKETWATCH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019
    "Our winemakers have blended a number of parcels of night-harvested grapes from vineyards across the Central Ranges, New South Wales, and fermented the wine with cultured yeasts in stainless steel tanks, to create an appealing fresh, fruit-driven dry white wine." ... Learn More
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  4. MILES FROM NOWHERE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019
    WINNER; Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show. Tropical fruit aromas with hints of melon and lime. There are some delicate floral notes too. Ripe tropical fruits dominate the palate which is crisp and dry with ... Learn More
  5. 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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  6. KINDRED SPIRITS MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019
    The Kindred Spirits Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from lower-yielding vineyards on the hillside slopes for greater intensity and whole bunch pressed. The nose is fresh and delicate with restrained aromas of gooseberry and freshly grown grass given complexity by ... Learn More
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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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  10. PIKES 'TRADITIONALE' RIESLING 2018
    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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    Tyson Stelzer
  11. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'RIESLING BY TOM BARRY' 2017
    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
  12. MAHANA GRAVITY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015
    The nose is quite savoury - certainly not the pungently fruit Marlborough style. This is a lot more restrained and perhaps a bit more 'old world' in character. It is quite gravelly, chalky and mineral driven on the nose. Even ... Learn More
  13. 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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  14. GUNDERLOCH 'FRITZ' RIESLING 2017
    Citrus, floral, honey and white peach aromas, with some minerality notes. Fresh, creamy, juicy, round palate with some sweetness but balanced acidity. Off-dry in character with a cleansing acidity and plenty of citrus and stone fruit make this a perfect ... Learn More
  15. 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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  16. SIMAO & CO SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018
    Produced by the talented Simon Killeen, all effort is made to keep this wine as bright and fresh as possible. A small portion spends time in barrel prior to final blending in order to provide mid-palate succulence and depth. A ... Learn More
  17. SHAW & SMITH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018
    For decades has been the benchmark in Australian SB. The style has remained fresh, aromatic, and pure. 2018 was a fantastic vintage for this wine. It is bright and aromatic with notes of grapefruit, nashi pear and nettles. On the palate ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  18. SC PANNELL SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018
    Expresses the regional and varietal characters of Sauvignon Blanc. Fragrant, complex and aromatic, the nose shows aromas of guava, passionfruit, pink grapefruit and white currant. This is more textural than most Sauvignon Blancs. The palate is balanced, crisp with lightness ... Learn More
  19. 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
  20. SHAW & SMITH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019
    Shaw and Smith has firmly established itself as one of Australia's leading Sauvignon Blanc makers. The 2019 Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc represents the 30th vintage of this wine, which is once again an exceptional Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc. Offering lively ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  21. FRANKLAND ESTATE RIESLING 2018
    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
  22. TE WHARE RA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018
    Shows distinctive Awatere characters of elderflower, guava, white currant, lemongrass and passion fruit coupled with lovely ripe tropicals and hints of basil and lime from Wairau components. The nose follows through to the palate - which is fine and soft ... Learn More
  23. DR LOOSEN DR L RIESLING DRY 2016
    An entry level Riesling at a fantastic price. "We call them our 'welcome to the Mosel' wines." Dr. Loosen. Racy, elegant, bright and vibrant - perfect for a summers afternoon. The fragrant nose of honey, apricot and stone fruit carries ... Learn More
  24. 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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  25. DOG POINT SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018
    Classic strong citrus characters with lemon and grapefruit prominent, complimented by elderflowers, with smoky and flinty undertones. A juicy and vibrant palate of pure citrus flavours leaving a lengthy finish with refreshing, balanced acidity. Ideally enjoyed as a young wine, ... Learn More
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  26. DOG POINT SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017
    Made by ex-Cloudy Bay winemakers, Dog Point is consistently one of the finest examples of Marlborough SB. Classic strong citrus characters with lemon and grapefruit prominent, complimented by elderflowers, with smoky and flinty undertones. A juicy and vibrant palate of ... Learn More
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  27. RAVENSWORTH RIESLING 2019
    Sourced from three vineyards in the Murrumbateman. Citrus again, white peach, grapefruit with hints of anise spice and flowers, more generous than the last few years but still the thrilling acidity and green apple crunch. ... Learn More
  28. 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
  29. 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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  30. 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
  31. 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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  32. UNITED CELLARS RESERVE SELECTION 'SAUVIGNON BLANC BY MATT THOMSON' 2019
    Made for United Cellars by New Zealand winemaking superstars Matt and Sophie Thomson. Matt was head winemaker at St Clair, but has made wines across all of New Zealand as well as in Chile, Italy, France, Spain, Romania and Hungary. ... Learn More
  33. PEREGRINE ORGANIC DRY RIESLING 2018
    "A fresh bright Riesling with a beautiful balance of delicate minerality and fresh acidity. Aromatics of lime, lemongrass and citrus blossom combine with green apple and lemon peel flavours on the palate" Organically certified and hand harvested from Central Otago. ... Learn More
  34. UNITED CELLARS RESERVE SELECTION 'SAUVIGNON BLANC BY MATT THOMSON' 2018
    Made for United Cellars by New Zealand winemaking superstars Matt and Sophie Thomson. Matt was head winemaker at St Clair, but has made wines across all of New Zealand as well as in Chile, Italy, France, Spain, Romania and Hungary. ... Learn More
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  35. CLOS HENRI 'PETIT CLOS' SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016
    Chalky and flinty mineral notes are followed by citrus, capsicum and pretty white flower aromas. This wine has good balance, a very nice acid presence and a smooth finish. It is tangy, round, soft, super fruity and easy to drink. ... Learn More
  36. CRAGGY RANGE 'TE MUNA ROAD' SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018
    "We chase complexity in our Sauvignon... you can literally smell the meadow and taste the flintiness of the rock in these wines." Matt Stafford, Chief Winemaker Grown on the lower terrace at Te Muna Road, this wine shows a unique ... Learn More
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  37. CLONAKILLA RIESLING 2018
    "Murrumbateman’s cool, continental climate and decomposed granite soils are perfectly suited to Riesling. We had some challenging moments leading up to the 2018 vintage. A hail storm on January 9th reduced the size of the crop, but the fruit that ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  38. TIM ADAMS RESERVE RIESLING 2011
    Riesling wines from the Clare Valley are definitely enjoyable when both young and zesty, however when left to mature beyond five years of age, they truly show their worth. "Talk about drinking at its peak. This is in a great ... Learn More
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  39. 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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  40. ASHTON HILLS ESTATE RIESLING 2019
    Ashton Hills is a three hectare, dry-grown vineyard that lies in the Piccadilly Valley sub region of the Adelaide Hills on a ridge just below the summit of Mount Lofty. The estate was founded by Stephen George in 1982 and since ... Learn More
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