Riesling from Alsace, Australia & New Zealand

Kuentz-Bas Riesling Tradition 2008, Alsace, France (£9.50 The Wine Society)
Clean and fresh, yet quite full, lots of green apple and citrus tang plus an undercurrent of spicy minerality, full but dry finish. S-

Crossroads Medway Vineyard Riesling 2009, Marlborough, New Zealand (£9.50 Mentzendorff)
Just too simple, with lemon & lime jelly and dolly mixture character instead of zip and fruit. C

Asda Extra Special Riesling 2008, Clare Valley, Australia (£7.98 Asda)
Showing some honeyed, toasty development, along with a pronounced petrolly characer, and with a mineral streak to its zesty lime juice character. S-

Averys Pioneer Range Eden Valley Riesling 2009, Australia (£8.99 Averys)
A rounded, juicy, friendly style of wine, with quite exotic mango & citrus flavours, but lacks the steely tension of great Riesling. B

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2008, Margaret River, Australia (£12.99-£14.99 Domaine Direct, Averys, Fortnum & Mason, L’Assemblage Fine Wine Traders, Jeroboams, Luvians Bottle Shop, Philglas & Swiggot, House of Menzies, Sommelier Wine Company Ltd, Uncorked, Winedirect)
Subtle, reserved style, the most delicate and floral of this quartet, but showing stony citrus fruit, touches of green apple and icing sugar, and a lovely tension to the finish. Class act. S

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  • Colin Smith

    Three silvers out of five tasted shows up the quality grape that riesling is. Now if only we could get the warmer weather back so I can sit in the garden sipping one……

  • Simon Post author

    It was sunny yesterday – put up a flatpack shed and felt smug, but by then the Rieslings had all gone