Riesling, Victoria

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.
The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grape vines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for their outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia's most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.

There are a number of different terroir levels throughout the wine region of Victoria which leads to the production of different ranges of wines. In the southern region of Victoria, the vines are regulated by the cool winds of the Bass Strait. Central Victoria consists of mostly flat terrain that tends to be drier and warmer than the rest of Victoria, which results in more fruit concentrated wines. It may be surprising to note that Victoria is the third most productive wine region in Australia, seeing as it does not have as many areas suitable for viticulture, which has resulted in the cellar door culture of Victoria being concentrated with smaller, but more personal boutique wineries.
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  1. 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
  2. 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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  3. Crawford River 'Young Vines' Riesling 2019
    This wine is now produced from the grapes off 2 vineyard plantings of younger Riesling. Most of the fruit from the vineyard planted in 2000 and the remainder from 20 rows we planted in 2014. We still see a stylistic difference between the juice ... Learn More
  4. Crawford River 'Young Vines' Riesling 2018
    This wine is now produced from the grapes off 2 vineyard plantings of younger Riesling. Most of the fruit from the vineyard planted in 2000 and the remainder from 20 rows we planted in 2014. We still see a stylistic difference between the juice ... Learn More
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  5. Jasper Hill 'Georgia's Paddock' Riesling 2017
    A seamless wine of finesse, texture and elegance. Beautifully intense lime/lemon personality, the 2017 vintage exhibits the usual citrus characteristics with some green apple too. The nose leads onto the palate, but with even more power and depth this year. ... Learn More
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    Andrew Caillard MW
  6. Mayer Dr Remstal German Riesling 2018
    Crisp and clean with racy acidity and stony minerality classic to this region. This wine will be perfect for the cellar. Sourced from Timo Mayer's original family vineyard located in Remstal, Baden, just outside of Stuttgart. This was the region ... Learn More
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  7. Crawford River Reserve Riesling 2008
    Still fresh and bright, showing hints of pale green belying its age. Lime curd and notes of red apple together with macadamia nut suggest some maturity, while fresh green melon, oyster shell and floral notes portray the wine's youthful elements ... Learn More
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