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Riesling

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

German Riesling (Mosel)

The Mosel is Riesling country at its best, exquisite wines that are full of fruit.

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 mineral notes often tagged as "petrol" (to me, it always smells more like beeswax).

Our reference for the Mosel is Patrick Philipps in Graach. Taste his Auslese and know this is what Riesling should be. In Erden we have found perfectionist mineralist Schmitges. Both Philipps and Schmitges make a full range of fabulous wines but, as a rule of thumb, one has a perfectly balanced edge on the sweet wines and the other's perfectionism shines in the dry wines. Further upriver the Kollmann-Becker family offers a great introduction to German wines.

Austrian Riesling

Riesling is fussy about where it is planted but it thrives on many outstanding sites in Austria. Fine Rieslings are typically dry and substantial, yet have a raciness and delicacy that is second to none. The minerality in these wines is also very distinctive. A peachier, floral side of Riesling often 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. Arndorfer gives it a touch of oak. Buchegger makes warm filling Rieslings - and there are a few more to explore.

 

Riesling' Wines

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Austria
White

Weinhof Waldschütz
A lesson in crisp Riesling.
Austria
White
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Germany
White

Weingut Schmitges
Mineral Riesling from the Mosel
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Austria
White

Weinhof Waldschütz
Superb food white.
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Austria
White

Leo Alzinger
The Riesling lover's cult Riesling
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Austria
White

Hofkellerei des Fürsten von Liechtenstein
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Germany
White
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Germany
White

Weingut Philipps-Eckstein
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Austria
White

Hofkellerei des Fürsten von Liechtenstein
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Austria
White

Walter Buchegger
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Austria
White

Weingut Familie Zull
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Austria
White
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Germany
White

Weingut Philipps-Eckstein
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Austria
White
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Austria
White
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Germany
White
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Germany
White
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Germany
White

Weingut Anton Zimmermann
Germany
White
Germany
White

Weingut Anton Zimmermann
Off-dry classic Mosel
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Germany
White
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Germany
White

Weingut Schmitges
Every sip will create a craving for more. Unbeatable price/pleasure ratio!
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Germany
White

Weingut Philipps-Eckstein
Germany
White
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Germany
White

Weingut Philipps-Eckstein
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Germany
White

Weingut Philipps-Eckstein
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Germany
White
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Germany
White
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Germany
White

Weingut Philipps-Eckstein
Extraordinary Riesling
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Germany
White
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Austria
White

Freigut Thallern
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Austria
White

Freigut Thallern
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Austria
White

Stift Klosterneuburg
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Switzerland
White

Chanton Weine
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Germany
White

Kollmann-Becker
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Germany
White
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Austria
White
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Austria
White

Martin & Anna Arndorfer
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Germany
White

Kollmann-Becker
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Austria
White

Weingut Steininger
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Switzerland
White
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Austria
White

Weingut Nigl
Last few bottles
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Austria
White

Leo Alzinger
Best after 20 years, but sooo good now.
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Austria
White
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Austria
White
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Austria
White

Weingut Hajszan
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Austria
White

Martin & Anna Arndorfer
Germany
White

Weingut Schmitges
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Austria
White

Erich Altenriederer
A great value Riesling.
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Germany
White
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Israel
White

Vitkin
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Austria
White
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More . . .

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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