Riesling is naturally vibrant with lemon and lime aromas and ranges hugely in sweetness as some are bone-dry, others sweet. New Zealand produces Rieslings at both ends of the spectrum with all having beautiful fruit purity and a fair bit of pizzazz! Here is Joelle's Top Ten Tips!
1. Riesling originally comes from Germany and remains its most popular grape variety.
2. The best known Riesling region in Germany is the Mosel but great wines are also made from this grape in the Rheingau, the Nahe, Mittelrhein, Rheinhessen and the Pfalz.
3. The name Riesling was applied to a wide range of wines made from grapes of dubious quality in the 1960s and 1970s.
4. Low-quality wines made from grapes that were not Riesling in those decades have given many wine drinkers a negative perception of Riesling.
5. German Riesling is becoming increasingly dry in style.
6. This trend is largely fuelled by consumer demand and global climate change.
7. Climate change means grapes tend to ripen earlier with higher sugars than in the past, which means the wine can be fermented to drier styles with balanced acidity.
8. Austria, Australia (Clare Valley), New Zealand (North Canterbury, Central Otago, Marlborough, Nelson, and the Wairarapa) and the United States (Washington State) are all known for very good to outstanding wine made from Riesling.
9. Riesling is also the most respected grape in Alsace in north east France.
10. Riesling is one of the world’s greatest grape varieties and can make wines that age longer than almost any other, thanks to its high acidity, which acts as a preservative.
Joelle Thomson is a wine writer, journalist and author. She’s an avid lover of wine and currently writes for Capital magazine, Good magazine, NZ Winegrower, Drinksbiz, and her own site,www.joellethomson.com
She also teaches, works in radio, and more, so we've enlisted her help to sniff out our amazing value wines!