Riesling

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. Forrest Estate 'The Doctors' Riesling 2021
    From the stunning Marlborough region come a wine based on innovation and excellence. Drs John & Brigid Forrest have created this low alcohol wine with very select parcels of fruit that has earned critical acclaim ever since it's first release. A ... Learn More
  2. Coney 'Ragtime' Riesling 2020
    Grown on the infamous Dry River Rd by the enigmatic & poetic Tim Coney. This is a gentle, softly honeyed, off-dry Riesling with delicate exotic flavours. Subtle aromatics of lime & florals, hints of botrytis and nuances of honey. ... Learn More
  3. Coney 'Rallentando' Riesling 2020
    Hand harvest with keen attention to detail, this Riesling is made from fruit of the infamous Dry River Rd. 6g R/S balances a zesty citrus acidity, often compared to Eden or Clare Valley in Australia. Drinking beautifully now, but ... Learn More
  4. Ataahua Riesling 2020
    Deliciously crisp & highly refreshing Riesling, made with Ataahua's focus on minimal handling & utmost care. Carefully hand picked from Waipara and made in a medium to off-dry style. An immensely fragrant bouquet of Navel orange, pink grapefruit and cherry blossom, with ... Learn More
    Ataahua Riesling 2020
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  5. Forrest Estate Botrytised Riesling 2017 (375ml)
    This delightful riesling benefits from picking 4-8 weeks after normal ripeness with a large portion of fruit affected by botrytis, aka noble rot. It balances the natural, zesty acidity of riesling with a rich, opulent palate, displaying notes of marmalade, ... Learn More
  6. Valli 'Waitaki Vineyard' Riesling 2020
    Freshly squeezed lime juice, Granny Smith apple with hints of chalk and jasmine flower on the nose awaken the palate to zesty lemon, lime, spicy white pepper and incredible earthiness that sings of limestone soils. The prominent acidity is beautifully ... Learn More
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  7. Atlas Watervale Riesling 2021
    This is a wonderfully aromatic dry Riesling, with classic Clare Valley flavours. It’s bright and fresh with intense aromatics of classic lime, floral and pear drop characters. Mouth watering lime, citrus and orange flavours burst across the palate underpinned ... Learn More
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  8. Greywacke Riesling 2019
    Bob Campbell: "Lime zest, white flowers, struck-flint, oyster-shell and green apple characters. The wine builds attractive sweet-and-sour tension. Power, purity and a mouth-watering finish." Made by the hugely respected Kevin Judd, founding winemaker at Cloudy Bay, the fruit for this ... Learn More
    Greywacke Riesling 2019
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  9. Aitken's Folly Riesling 2021
    A beautiful off-dry riesling that expertly walks the line between sweetness and acidity. Notes of stonefruits, lemon peel, apples and minerality. "Named after an ex colleague of Fiona suggested that what we were about to do amounted to a foolish ... Learn More
  10. Kirrihill 'The Settler' Riesling 2019
    The 2019 Settler Riesling presents enticing florals and intense citrus aromatics, like freshly squeezed lemon juice. The palate is elegant and balanced, evoking citrus zest flavours and a crisp minerality. The lingering finish is well-balanced by a line of crunchy natural ... Learn More
  11. Dry River Craighall Riesling 2020
    Elegant Riesling from a small block of old vines in the Craighall Vineyard. Rigorous hand harvesting in multiple passes has brought a wine of supreme quality and potential. A beautiful lift and freshness run through this delicately ripe wine, with ... Learn More
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