Rieslings from the Mosel, Germany, and Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

Rieslings from opposite sides of the world – same grape, very different flavours, but I like them both…

WMD ‘The Spectre’ Riesling 2013, Mosel, Germany (£30 Red Squirrel Wine)
Has the classic sweet-and-sour minerally Mosel edge, with earthy citrus, plum and beeswax flavours given richness by a sprinkling of sweetness, and cheekbones by sappy freshness. Interesting, compelling wine, keeps you coming back for sniff after sniff. S

Mission Riesling 2013, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand (~£11.50 Next, Le Bon Vin, Paul Adams Fine Wines, Exel Wines)
Juicy sappy lime juice and crystallised orange flavours tinged with petrol and herb, and with a stony undercurrent providing cool freshness. Intense and tasty, but maybe just a touch simple for real class? S-

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