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Shaw Riesling Isabella Canberra 2017

From Shaw Vineyard Estate, this is a very precise expression of riesling, a variety that produces excellent wines in the Canberra region.  In the glass, the wine has aromas of stones, lemons, white flowers and smoke.  The palate gives the impression of dryness with a very lemony expression and high, racy acidity.  Drink now and…Continue readingShaw Riesling Isabella Canberra 2017

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Garden Gully Riesling Grampians 2007

This winery in the Grampians wine region in western Victoria may no longer exist, but their riesling, cellared since purchase on release, is outstanding at 13 years of age. Fully mature and yellow gold in colour, it has undergone the riesling metamorphosis. Its aroma is all bread, butter and stones. The palate is dry, medium…Continue readingGarden Gully Riesling Grampians 2007

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Shaw Wines Riesling 2019

The Canberra wine region does two grape varieties very well – syrah (at its best, in a northern Rhône style expression) and riesling (at its best, in a dry, tight, high acid, mineral and floral expression). To the European mind, that this combination of varieties might work in the same region is unusual. As an…Continue readingShaw Wines Riesling 2019

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Castle Rock Estate Porongurup Riesling 2018

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Rockford Riesling Eden Valley 2015

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Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2017

This a good release of this classic wine from Dr Loosen. Only 8% in alcohol, it is typical of the Mosel Kabinett riesling style. In the glass, there are restrained aromas of lemon and stones, with hints of tropical fruit. The palate is off to medium dry and the acidity both refreshing and racy, ably…Continue readingDr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2017

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Laurel Bank Riesling Tasmania 2016

Laurel Bank is a small north facing vineyard near Hobart, along the Derwent river. This proved a first class expression of cool climate dry riesling and has aromas of stones, smoke and lemon. The palate is dry, with crisp acidity and good length. Ready to drink now, this wine should improve over the next decade…Continue readingLaurel Bank Riesling Tasmania 2016

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Castle Rock Estate Porongurup Riesling 2018

This is classically styled riesling from Castle Rock Estate in Porongurup, a sub region of Great Southern in Western Australia. Its aroma reminds of lemon and stones, and its palate is dry and has firm, linear acidity. This wine can be approached now or cellared for 5 to 8 years. Rating: Good. Abv: 12%. Price:…Continue readingCastle Rock Estate Porongurup Riesling 2018

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Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Saering 2014

This is a delicious grand cru riesling from Domaines Schlumberger in Alsace. Towards gold in colour, its aroma reminds of steel and lemon zest. The palate is firm with a rich body, racy acidity and good length on the finish. You can approach it now, but this wine has years of cellaring ahead of it.…Continue readingDomaines Schlumberger Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Saering 2014

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FX Pichler Loibner Federspiel Wachau Riesling 2013

If you wish to know about the wines of Wachau in Austria, the Austrians make it particularly easy to learn.  Their website is terrific and here is the link: http://www.austrianwine.com/our-wine/wine-growing-regions/niederoesterreich-lower-austria/wachau/.  This wine is from FX Pichler in Wachau, and is a “Federspiel” which is a classification in Wachau and means that its alcohol is 11.5% to…Continue readingFX Pichler Loibner Federspiel Wachau Riesling 2013

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Paul Blanck Schlossberg Grand Cru Alsace Riesling 2011

Schlossberg is an 80 hectare grand cru in Alsace that is situated eight kilometres from Colmar, overlooking the Weiss Valley.  The Vins Alsace website actually has a lot of further information, including some very cool interactive maps that highlight the region’s stunning beauty.  You can find it here.  This wine from Paul Blanck is a very…Continue readingPaul Blanck Schlossberg Grand Cru Alsace Riesling 2011

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Craftsman Zesty & Crisp Clare Valley Riesling 2016

Despite some slightly ungainly labelling on this BWS private label, this wine presents as a good quality varietally typical Clare Valley riesling.  In the glass, there are aromas of stones and lime.  The palate is dry, the acidity fresh and the length a little short, but this is nonetheless sound drinking at $15.  Books and…Continue readingCraftsman Zesty & Crisp Clare Valley Riesling 2016