A recent Fiona Beckett article ‘Why you should be drinking Riesling’ highlighted that ‘Riesling has an unfair reputation as an overly sweet wine’ and we think our selection of Rieslings will put the reputation to the test. Fiona recommends for Riesling virgins, fresh fruitiness is much more likely to appeal, so look for vintages from 2016-2018. Another useful tip if your worried if the wines will be sweet is look at the alcohol. If the ABV has reached 12%, all the sugar has been fermented into alcohol and the classification is a dry wine.
Mentioned in the article as one of the Rieslings that should win you round is the O’leary Walker, Polish Hill River Riesling from Clare Valley in Australia. Australia’s Clare Valley makes lusciously limey Rieslings that are easy to love. It’s pure lime and slate and it’s both up-front and reserved at once. It’s intense through the finish yet it feels watery and refreshing and cool minerality through the centre. It’s beautiful drinking but will cellar, too. Pair with Asian-style salads. Admittedly we have a slightly older vintage (2014) but it’s full of life and racy acidity.
The good folks at Claymore, Clare Valley, Australia, one of our favourite and most popular wineries, are known for their top value, regionally expressive wines that deliver at all price points, and their three Rieslings are definitely no exception:
First up is their super approachable Joshua Tree Riesling. It’s made from a blend of parcels drawn from their three Riesling sites and crafted using only free run juice and cool fermentation. It delivers a classic Watervale Riesling (or Rizza if from Down Under) with that forward fruit lift and delicate floral elements. This is our go-to white which we always have in the fridge to help us fight a (UK) heatwave!
Their Claymore, God is a DJ, 2017 is a single vineyard offering. The 2017 juice is a fragrant, zesty little number. Concentrated with purity and poise, it displays those classic Riesling characteristics of lemon and lime, as well as juicy nectarines, resulting in a delicate white that’ll get any party started. It also pulled Gold at Decanter, just saying.
Last but not least is Claymore’s Superstition Reserve Riesling 2017. This is when Riesling gets serious. The wine is languishily captivating. It shows a length and complexity that continues for some time and will only get better as it ages. In its youth it has a pent up energy with a squeaky clean minerality that will unfold in the years to come. It will cellar for years (if you can wait that long!) 100% free run juice, hand-picked grapes from old vines.
Riesling promotion is running the month of July in the UK. Why, Wines of Germany even had a stand at Latitude Festival this year but at £14 for a glass of Riesling in a plastic cup I don’t think they would have sold much! You don’t need to spend the earth but do give it a try.