Jancis Robinson says about Riesling “Reece-ling’ must be the world’s most misunderstood, and mispronounced grape variety”* yet it remains the darling of the wine trade, due to the myriad of styles it can produce and longevity of its wines. This mixed Case features three distinct styles. *www.jancisrobinson.com
Dr Loosen Red Slate Riesling Dry 2017, Mosel, Germany
The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. Located in far western Germany, the Mosel valley’s steep, south-facing slopes create the perfect climate for Riesling, giving the vines ideal exposure to the sun. The cool climate allows the grapes to ripen slowly while retaining bright acidity. The Red Slate Riesling Dry is produced with fruit from estate-owned vineyards in the red slate soils in the villages of Erden and Ürzig. Farmed specifically for producing dry wine, it is fermented with native yeasts in 3,000-liter, neutral oak casks. The casks help to soften the acidity, and they allow a tiny amount of oxygenation that adds texture and greater complexity to the wine. Red Slate Riesling Dry has an intense minerality that is warm and enveloping, with a floral, spicy, citrus blossom aroma and a harmonious palate. The dry style is ideal for classic continental cuisine.
Devil’s Corner Riesling 2018, Tasmania, Australia
This 100% Riesling hails from vineyards in the Tamar Valley, on the East Coast of Tasmania, a cool-climate region, perfect for the production of aromatic varietals. The nose is fresh and appealing with splashes of freshly squeezed lime juice and lemon blossom. On the palate, this wine is vibrant and crisp with loads of zesty citrus. Great to pair with Asian inspired flavours such as Vietnamese Chicken Salad or Ocean Trout Spring Rolls with Ginger and Coriander. Riesling of this style is fantastic with pan-fried fish fillets that are lightly seasoned and drizzled with lemon or lime juice.
Casas del Bosque Late Harvest Riesling 2015, Casablanca, Chile (37.5cl)
Only a small block of Riesling is planted at the winery, on sandy loam soils at the westernmost reaches of the vineyard and of the Casablanca Valley, in the perfect position to create noble rot. With very small yields and small dried berries, there is only a small amount of this wine produced. Golden in colour, this complex wine reveals a seductive nose of quince jelly, acacia honey and candied orange peel. In the mouth, honeyed notes of dried apricot, figs and orange marmalade combined with decent acidity and structure. An unusually high amount of 330 grams of residual sugar create enormous palate weight, structure and length. Pairs beautifully with ripe cheeses or fruit-based desserts.