Riesling, South Australia

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.
If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the countries vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.
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  1. 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
  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. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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
  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Andrew Peace Winemakers Choice Clare Valley Riesling 2014
    ** 93 POINTS JAMES HALLIDAY ** "Shows delicate aromas of lime, guava and green apple with balanced acidity. Flavours of lime and orange peel on the palate with some underlying sweetness and a crisp, dry, finish. Careful cellaring should lead to secondary characters ... Learn More
  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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
  14. 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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  15. Rieslingfreak No 5 Off-Dry Clare Valley Riesling 2020
    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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. Plan B 'Od' Riesling 2019
    Fruit from Frankland River. The fruit was picked at night when the natural sugar levels and the acid is wonderfully balance. Only the free run juice was retained and vinified at cool temperatures to preserve varietal flavours and aromas. The ... Learn More
  22. Plan B Riesling 2019
    James Halliday: Grapes for this Riesling were carefully sourced from the vineyards Powderbank and Hayview in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. Only the free run juice was retained and vinified at cool temperatures to capture the pristine varietal ... Learn More
    Plan B Riesling 2019
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  23. 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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  24. Chaffey Bros. Wine Co Tripelpunkt Riesling 2019
    Pale yellow colour, with a lifted fragrance of fresh flowers and whispers of citrus blossoms. It's very young and bright, will live long and reward cellaring, and it is delicious now. The balance is superb. - Huon Hooke Refreshing and ... Learn More
  25. 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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  26. Woods Crampton 'Black Label' Riesling 2019
    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
  27. 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
  28. 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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  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. 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
  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. Mitchell Watervale Riesling 2019
    Mitchell Watervale Riesling is crafted in the same traditional, low intervention style that has been used consistently for the past 40 years. The vines are low yielding with small berries, but show a wonderful depth of flavour that remains consistent year ... Learn More
  34. 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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  35. Jim Barry 'Single Vineyard' Riesling 2020
    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
  36. Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling 2020
    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
  37. Patrick Of Coonawarra Cellar Release Riesling 2012
    An incredibly highly awarded wine, including; Trophy: Sydney Top 100 2018, Top Gold: International Cool Climate Wine Show 2018, 5 stars and Top in Category: Winestate 2018, Gold: Canberra International Wine Show 2018, Gold: Limestone Coast Wine Show 2018, as well as 9.6/10 form wine judge Max Crus ... Learn More
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  38. Grosset 'Alea' Riesling 2018
    With its first vintage in 2012, ‘Alea’ is the most recent addition to the Grosset stable. Made in the style of the Rieslings of Germany and Austria, it has attractive lemon blossom on a first swirl, there’s a hint of ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  39. Grosset 'Alea' Riesling 2020
    With its first vintage in 2012, ‘Alea’ is the most recent addition to the Grosset stable. Made in the style of the Rieslings of Germany and Austria, it has attractive lemon blossom on a first swirl, there’s a hint of ... Learn More
  40. O'Leary Walker Drs' Cut Reserve Riesling 2017
    Light yellow colour, bright. The bouquet has some oyster-shell notes, some vanilla and the beginnings of toasted nut. Citrus pith aromas. There is good flavour and softness, character and length. It's starting to build complexity. The mandarin and lemon flavours ... Learn More
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