Wine School

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These are intensely flavoured, un-oaked whites from aromatic grapes like Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, Gewurztraminer, Viognier,  Albarino, and most new world Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.

These wines will typically smell like flowers or taste like a bowl of fresh fruit.  Look for aromas and flavours of orange peel, ripe peaches, papaya, mango, lychee, rose petal, dried apricots, passionfruit, or dried apricots.  Some will have a herbal note or white pepper spiciness or minerally accents. These wines display a lot of natural aromas and flavours from the grapes rather than from oak or wine-making practices. Flavour intensity ranges from medium to full-in-your-face intense. 


Pronounced "Reece-ling". Riesling has been described by some commentators as " the most brilliant, transparent and aristocratic of all the aromatic whites." It's many fans around the world would argue its the best white wine of all. 

For the majority of wine drinkers however, its fair to say that Riesling is often under-appreciated and over-looked for more fashionable whites like Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

There is a change in the air however as more and more wine drinkers are discovering (or re-discovering) this most versatile of grapes.  And if you have never tried a riesling, or can only remember those sickly sweet German rieslings of the 70,s and 80's we think its time you took another look at Riesling - you won't regret it.



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