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 Rosenhügel 2014, Weingut Diem
    £16.75
    Rating:
    90.0000%
  2. Durnsteiner 2014 Riesling Federspiel , Leo Alzinger
    £25.20
  3. Steinertal 2015 Riesling Smaragd, Alzinger
    £46.80
  4. Sparkling Extra Dry Waldschutz
    £20.82
  5. Dürnstein 2017 Riesling Federspiel , Leo Alzinger
    £22.20
  6. Steinertal 2017 Riesling Smaragd, Leo Alzinger
    £40.96
    Rating:
    80.0000%
  7. Riesling Anzenthal Wagram Reserve 2017, Waldschutz
    £22.18
  8. Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg 2017, Leo Alzinger
    £36.00
  9. Riesling Reserve 2017, Leo Alzinger
    £46.80
  10. Riesling Classic Kamptal DAC 2017 Waldschutz
    £15.58
    Rating:
    80.0000%
  11. Riesling Federspiel Dürnsteiner
    2014
    £25.20
    2017
    £22.20
    2018
    £22.20
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  12. Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese
    2007
    £18.24
    2009
    £17.40
    2005
    £20.66
  13. Wiener Gemischter Satz
    2017
    £21.56
    Rating:
    70.0000%
  14. Riesling Rosenhügel
    2014
    £16.75
    Rating:
    90.0000%
  15. Riesling Classic Kamptal DAC 2018 Waldschutz
    £15.61
  16. Riesling Smaragd Hohereck
    2011
    £36.00
    2009
    £36.00
  17. Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg
    2018
    £34.80
    2011
    £46.80
    2008
    £49.20
    2018
    £72.00
    2017
    £36.00
    2009
    £48.00
    2010
    £46.80
  18. Riesling Smaragd Steinertal
    2018
    £40.96
    2015
    £46.80
    2018
    £84.92
    2017
    £40.96
    Rating:
    80.0000%
  19. Riesling Mario Trockenbeerenauslese
    2008
    £73.04
  20. Riesling Classic
    2010
    £16.30
  21. Graacher Domprobst Riesling Eiswein
    2007
    £48.08
  22. Riesling Sekt
  23. Riesling KA DAC
    2011
    £20.51
  24. Riesling "Lössterassen"
    2011
    £20.51
  25. Graacher Himmelsreich Riesling Spätlese
    Rating:
    90.0000%
  26. FL Classique
    Rating:
    90.0000%
  27. Bernkastel-Kueser Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken
    2002
    £14.18
  28. Prälat Riesling "Alte Reben" Spätlese
    2008
    £26.39
  29. Grauschiefer Trocken
    2011
    £17.71
  30. DAC KAMPTAL Classic Riesling
    2018
    £15.61
    2017
    £15.58
    2016
    £17.33
    Rating:
    85.0000%
  31. Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett Alte Reben
  32. Riesling Anzenthal Wagram Reserve
    2016
    £22.18
    2017
    £22.18
    2015
    £17.33
    2014
    £17.33
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  33. Riesling Smaragd Hollerin
    2010
    £32.40
    2011
    £32.40
    2009
    £33.60
    2015
    £31.20
  34. Riesling Reserve
    2017
    £46.80
    2014
    £46.80
  35. Riesling
    2009
    £36.48
  36. Riesling Steinberg
    2011
    £22.88
  37. Graacher Domprobst Riesling Beerenauslese
    2003
    £51.72
    2006
    £45.06
  38. Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese
  39. Weisenstein Riesling Auslese
    2006
    £19.40
  40. Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese
  41. Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese
    2005
    £44.89
  42. Bernkastel-Kueser Kardinalsberg Riesling Spätlese Halbtrocken
    2008
    £16.36
  43. Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese Alte Reben
  44. Waldschutz Sparkling
    NV
    £20.82
    NV
    £20.82
  45. Riesling Trocken
    2009
    £15.26
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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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