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. ATAAHUA RIESLING 2018
    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 2018
    NZ$21.99 Per item
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  2. FIFTH BRIDGE RIESLING 2017
    A single vineyard Riesling with a bright natural acidity from Otago's legendary wine producers, Matt & James Dicey. Medium-dry, with a concentrated green apple and pear flavours, crisp acidity and a persistent apricot and honey finish. Beautifully balanced with 25g R/ ... Learn More
  3. CLAREVALE CLARE VALLEY RIESLING 2018
    Bright fragrant aromas of freshly squeezed lime juice, lemongrass and wet slate. The palate shows fruit concentration well supported by clean acidity. Lemon zest and spiced lime flavors are accented by scents of orange blossom. The dry palate and light-body ... Learn More
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  4. CONEY 'RALLENTANDO' RIESLING 2018
    Hand harvest with keen attention to detail, this Riesling is made from the infamous Dry River Rd. 6g R/S balances a zesty citrus acidity, often compared to Eden or Clair Valley in Australia. Drinking beautifully now, but will continue ... Learn More
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  5. CONEY 'RAGTIME' RIESLING 2016
    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
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  6. CONEY 'RITZ' RIESLING 2017
    Hand harvest with keen attention to detail, this Riesling is made from the infamous Dry River Road. 31g R/S disguises the low alcohol percentage and a slight effervescence sets it apart from other wines. Sassy aromatics of lime, citrus ... Learn More
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  7. ATLAS WATERVALE RIESLING 2019
    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. Z 'XAVE' LATE HARVEST RIESLING 2015
    A new release from Z Wines, a vineyard that has been in the family for over 5 generations. Made in a semi-sweet style, with bold aromas of lime, kerosene & wild honey. A crisp yet sweet wine with perfectly balanced acidity. Only 200 ... Learn More
  9. BLACK STILT WAITAKI VALLEY RIESLING 2018
    A Riesling from an award winning winemaker in the stunning Waitaki Valley. Off-dry but crisp and lingering, with a well-balanced acid backbone. Fresh and wonderful as a young wine, the distinctive Waitaki acidity ensues great potential for ageing. ... Learn More
  10. SONS OF EDEN 'FREYA' RIESLING 2018
    Classically dry Eden Valley flavours with a zesty & crunchy acidity. Lifted floral aromas of jasmine are followed by fresh lime, grapefruit and lemon blossom intensity with hints of lavender. On the palate the lemon and lime citrus characters create a ... Learn More
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  11. SC PANNELL AROMATICO 2017
    Aromatico is a blend of Adelaide Hills Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris from the multi-award winning & AUS Winemaker of the Year 2015, Steven Pannell. The Gewürztraminer component imparts lychee, musk and rose petals, while the Riesling adds lime and ... Learn More
    SC PANNELL AROMATICO 2017
    NZ$34.99 Per item
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  12. SONS OF EDEN 'CIRRUS' RIESLING 2017
    Extremely limited release- this wine is only made in only exemplary years and selected from a high altitude single vineyard within the High Eden sub-region of Eden Valley. Youthful pale green colour, vibrant white currents and fresh lemon juice aromas. ... Learn More
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  13. SCHWAAB-KIEBEL 'ERDENER TREPPCHEN' RIESLING AUSLESE 1998
    A very special, aged German Riesling from a family owned winery in the heart of Mosel. Bright caramelized apple & honeyed pear aromas with firm mineral notes. Rich with sweet depth and well-developed complexities of honeysuckle, apricot & subtle citrus. The palate ... Learn More
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  14. 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
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    Join our Master of Wine, Alistair Cooper, live from the UK, who will be hosting our series of online, interactive tastings so wine lovers across NZ ... Learn More

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