Undisputedly the greatest variety on earth. No other grape can translate with such succinct detail and clarity the dirt from which it grew. So sensitive to its surrounding is this grape, that you are transported to the vineyard with each sip.
It's spiritual homeland is Germany, but there are great expressions from Austria, France, Australia, New Zealand and more!
Here are a few that vary in age, dryness and origin, each speaking in the unique dialect of the place from which it came.
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2016 Clos Clare Riesling Clare Valley, SA
Made by Tom and Sam Barry, great grandson's of the great Jim Barry from a patch adjoining the historic Florita vineyard. The nose displays aromas of Granny Smith apples, lemon thyme and mandarin. The palate has finesse, generosity and structure, with flavours of finger lime, blood orange and star fruit.
2017 Loosen Barry 'Walhalla' Riesling Mosel, Germany
A collaboration between Ernie Loosen of Dr Loosen and Sam and Tom Barry of Clos Clare/Jim Barry. Their aim for this wine is to use Australian styled winemaking using fruit from the Mosel in Germany. Expect a mineral driven, crunchy, zesty dry Riesling that drinks well now or could be cellared for many years to come.
2019 Stefano Lubiana Riesling Derwent Valley, TAS
100% estate grown, single vineyard fruit grown on predominantly silty grey, gravelly loam over sandstone with some clay loam patches. 100% certified biodynamic grapes are picked by hand and then the fruit is sorted by hand on a vibrating table.
2019 Ansgar Clusserath 'Vom Schiefer' Riesling Mosel, Germany
The dry Riesling “Vom Schiefer” (literally, from slate) provides an introduction to the world of steep-site Rieslings from the Middle Mosel. The grapes for this wine are sourced from two individual sites. This cuvee of two sites gives an appealing wine that is lacy and light with slate notes.
2010 Frankland Estate 'Isolation Ridge' Riesling Frankland River, WA
Fine and complex, the baking spices translate on the pallet and fills the mouth with a concentrated mix of juicy lime and citrus notes followed by a core of spicy ironstone minerality. The acid profiles have mellowed and integrated to create a lovey generous mouth filling texture. Still youthful and will age gracefully for another 10 years plus.
2019 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown 'Obstgarten K' Riesling King Valley, VIC
A single vineyard, Kabinett-style Riesling from the second highest altitude Riesling vineyard in Victoria: mature, unirrigated and close-planted vines on the Whitlands high plateau. This has 31g/ L residual sugar and plenty of natural acidity to balance the fruit and sweetness.