Riesling

Riesling grapes Many would say Riesling is the best wine grape in the world. It is certainly one of the Great Whites.

German Riesling (eg: Mosel)

German Riesling is nearly never ever are dry as Austrian Riesling, even when they call it Trocken

Vineyards cling to the banks of the river. The steepest valley slopes make the best wine, and mankind has found the best spots over the centuries. The region has many unique sites and styles. In general, however, the wines are characterised by a minerality and citrus acidity derived from the slate soils. The fruitiness is more exotic and, with age, come the animal/mineral notes often tagged as "petrol" (when milder, often more beeswax or paraffin).

Our reference for the Mosel is Patrick Philipps in Graach. Taste his Auslese and know this is what Riesling should be. 

Austrian Riesling

Riesling is fussy about where it is planted but it thrives on many outstanding sites in Austria. Fine Rieslings are typically fully dry and substantial, yet have a raciness and delicacy that is second to none. The minerality in these wines is also very distinctive. Austrian Riesling is more focused, sharply mineral, very fresh when young. The "peaches and roses" side of Riesling comes out.

We have many fine Rieslings from Austria. Wachau's Leo Alzinger is legendary world wide. The Waldschütz Rieslings are possibly the best wine for your money in our entire catalogue. Diem's Rosenhügel is a masterpiece of subtlety. Buchegger makes warm filling Rieslings - and there are a few more to explore.

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  1. Riesling Innere Bergen
    Rating:
    60.0000%
  2. Riesling Anzenthal Wagram Reserve
    2016
    £22.18
    2017
    £22.18
    2015
    £17.33
    2014
    £17.33
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  3. Durnsteiner 2014 Riesling Federspiel , Leo Alzinger
    £25.20
  4. Dürnstein 2017 Riesling Federspiel , Leo Alzinger
    £22.20
  5. Steinertal 2017 Riesling Smaragd, Leo Alzinger
    £40.96
    Rating:
    80.0000%
  6. Riesling Anzenthal Wagram Reserve 2017, Waldschutz
    £22.18
  7. Sparkling Extra Dry Waldschutz
    £20.82
  8. Riesling Smaragd Hohereck
    2011
    £36.00
    2009
    £36.00
  9. Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg
    2018
    £34.80
    2011
    £46.80
    2008
    £49.20
    2018
    £72.00
    2017
    £36.00
    2009
    £48.00
    2010
    £46.80
  10. Riesling Smaragd Steinertal
    2018
    £40.96
    2015
    £46.80
    2018
    £84.92
    2017
    £40.96
    Rating:
    80.0000%
  11. Riesling Mario Trockenbeerenauslese
    2008
    £73.04
  12. Riesling Classic
    2010
    £16.30
  13. Riesling Feinherb
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  14. Graacher Domprobst Riesling Beerenauslese
    2006
    £45.06
    2003
    £51.72
  15. Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese
  16. Riesling KA DAC
    2011
    £20.51
  17. Bernkastel-Kueser Kardinalsberg Riesling Beerenauslese
  18. Riesling Spätlese "Sophia"
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  19. Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese
  20. Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese
    2005
    £44.89
  21. FL Classique
    Rating:
    90.0000%
  22. Bernkastel-Kueser Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken
    2002
    £14.18
  23. Prälat Riesling "Alte Reben" Spätlese
    2008
    £26.39
  24. Grauschiefer Trocken
    2011
    £17.71
  25. DAC KAMPTAL Classic Riesling
    2018
    £15.61
    2017
    £15.58
    2016
    £17.33
    Rating:
    85.0000%
  26. Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett Alte Reben
  27. Riesling Mario Trockenbeerenauslese 2008, Chanton
    £73.04
  28. Steinertal 2015 Riesling Smaragd, Alzinger
    £46.80
  29. Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg 2017, Leo Alzinger
    £36.00
  30. Riesling Reserve 2017, Leo Alzinger
    £46.80
  31. Riesling Classic Kamptal DAC 2018 Waldschutz
    £15.61
  32. Riesling
  33. Riesling Smaragd Hollerin
    2009
    £33.60
    2015
    £31.20
    2010
    £32.40
    2011
    £32.40
  34. Riesling Reserve
    2017
    £46.80
    2014
    £46.80
  35. Riesling
    2009
    £36.48
  36. Riesling Steinberg
    2011
    £22.88
  37. Riesling Auslese Steillage
  38. Riesling Auslese
  39. Graacher Domprobst Riesling Eiswein
    2007
    £48.08
  40. Riesling Sekt
  41. Weisenstein Riesling Auslese
    2006
    £19.40
  42. Riesling "Lössterassen"
    2011
    £20.51
  43. Riesling Spätlese Trocken
  44. Graacher Himmelsreich Riesling Spätlese
    Rating:
    90.0000%
  45. Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spätlese
  46. Bernkastel-Kueser Kardinalsberg Riesling Spätlese Halbtrocken
    2008
    £16.36
  47. Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese Alte Reben
  48. Riesling Federspiel Dürnsteiner
    2017
    £22.20
    2018
    £22.20
    2014
    £25.20
    Rating:
    100.0000%
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Riesling wines can be highly aromatic with apple, peach and pear at the forefront, mixed with delicate floral undertones and often honey and spice on the nose. On the palate, Rieslings echo the apple, pear and peach along with citrus and tropical nuances. Rieslings tend to pick up a noticeable "minerality" from their native soils.

Riesling, through DNA data, appears to be a cross between Gouais Blanc and an unknown relative of Savagnin. Riesling seems to have originated on the north bank of the Rhine in Germany where we find its first mention in a document dated 1435.

Up to the early 20th century Riesling and Sylvaner were often confused with each other. If you buy an ancient bottle you can't be sure which it might be. After the 60s, you're OK.

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