Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, 2016

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. 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
  2. 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
  3. DR LOOSEN BERNKASTELER LAY KABINETT 2016
    Kabinett is the lightest, most delicate style of Riesling in Germany, produced from the earliest harvested grapes in the best vineyard sites. Fresh citrus and green apple aromas with some mineral notes. Delicious lime juice flavours and gentle acidity with ... Learn More
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    Mosel Fine Wines
  4. FRANKLAND ESTATE 'ISOLATION RIDGE' RIESLING 2016
    Complex and perfumed on the nose it has alluring citrus pith, zesty orange, lime and cumquat. Delicate flavours of spice and ironstone mineral undertones. There is a real softness and generosity of fruit on the front and mid palate. The ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    James Halliday
  5. MOUNT MARY REFLEXION FUME BLANC 2016
    Very limited production, 100% barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc. Fruit is sourced from Triolet plantings on Mount Mary Vineyard. Lovely perfume of citrus with hints of vanilla. Clean, pure fruit. Excellent texture from its time in barrel with a slight hint of nuttiness & ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  6. LOOSEN BARRY WALHALLA DRY RIESLING 2016
    Made by 3rd generation wine growers/makers Sam and Tom Barry in collaboration with German superstar winemaker Erni Loosen of Dr Loosen. The wine is made from Mosel Riesling grapes grown on the Erdener Treppchen vineyard, raised in the Australian ... Learn More
  7. GERARD BOULAY CLOS BEAUJEU SANCERRE 2016
    Naturally fermented in large, upright cuve, then aged in three and four-year-old 300L barrels. Captivating aromas of white flowers, pear and lemon. The wine is clean and bright with succulent yellow fruits and sharper citrus fruit. Has nice minerality on ... Learn More
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    John Gilman
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  8. DONNHOFF ESTATE DELLCHEN RIESLING GROSSES GEWACHS 2016
    Dönnhoff wines have such power and complexity that their signature weightlessness seems nigh on miraculous. One taste and you sense the magic. These wines are on a par with the best of Germany in a very unique way: the ... Learn More
  9. F.X. PICHLER RIESLING KELLERBERG SMARAGD 2016
    Family owned and operated since 1898, F.X. Pichler wine are synonymous with the highest quality Riesling and Gruner. The Kellerberg Smaragd vineyard is located on the Danube and is highly prized for its elegantly feminine wines that have now reached ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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