Riesling, Watervale

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.
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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Grosset Springvale Riesling 2020
    "The low yields of the 2020 vintage may have reduced the availability of the Grosset Springvale but not its accessibility. It has bright, fresh aromas of lemon drop and lemon meringue aromatics. There’s a soft fleshiness in the mouth with ... Learn More
  4. Grosset Springvale Riesling 2019
    A swirl of the glass will unleash the potent aromas of this very different vintage of Grosset Springvale Riesling. It’s so dramatically perfumed that it’s almost overwhelming: the aromatics themselves are not so surprising – lovely florals, lemongrass, lime ... Learn More
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  5. 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
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  6. Grosset Springvale Riesling 2019 (Magnum)
    A swirl of the glass will unleash the potent aromas of this very different vintage of Grosset Springvale Riesling. It’s so dramatically perfumed that it’s almost overwhelming: the aromatics themselves are not so surprising – lovely florals, lemongrass, lime ... Learn More
  7. Loosen Barry Wolta Wolta Dry Riesling 2017
    On 17th March 2017, five tonnes of Riesling were harvested from Block 18 (planted in 1979) at our Lodge Hill vineyard. It was a week later than normal as we were looking for a greater hangtime. Juice numbers were very good at 12 baumé ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  8. Loosen Barry Wolta Wolta Dry Riesling 2018
    On 3rd March 2018, five tonnes of Riesling were hand harvested and sorted from Block 18 (planted in 1979) at our Lodge Hill vineyard for the Loosen Barry Wolta Wolta Riesling. We harvested the fruit at 12.2 Baumé. Fruit was stored in a cold ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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