Three lovely Rieslings from Australia, New Zealand & Germany


We’re getting near the end of 31 Days of Riesling, but there’s still time for this lovely trio

Exquisite Collection Riesling 2016 (made by Wakefield/Taylors), Clare Valley, Australia (£6.99 Aldi)
Zesty youngster, all sleek and stony, with taut lemon and lime flavours, a richer apple-y candy floss character and even a hint of plum. Tasty now, especially with seafood, but built to last for 5+ years for those with patience. S(-)

Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand (£10.70 Majestic, Wine Rack, Waitrose, Booths, Amazon, Ellies Cellar)
Off-dry, with the light sweetness giving roundness and richness, has classic apple and citrus note, but here, it’s crystallised orange and apple crumble, plus a touch of honey on the finish. S-

Dr Loosen Red Slate Dry Riesling 2015, Mosel, Germany (£10.50-£12.50 see below for stockists)
A complex, layered lipsmacker, with high notes of stony, steely lime juice, more bassy tones of fresh earth, and spicy, almost creamy plum and mango flavours hovering between. Very tasty now, but it’s still a pup, with years of life ahead of it. S(+)
(tasted this a month ago at the winery, since when it seems to have lost a little youthful yeastiness and fleshed out a little – watch out for highlights of that trip over the next few days)

Stockists for the Loosen Red Slate include:-
Aged In Oak Wines
Alexander Wines Ltd
Averys Ltd
Bablake Wines Ltd
Bacchanalia
Banstead Vintners
Cambridge Wine Merchants
Cork and Bottle Wine Bar
Corks Out
De Burgh Fine Wine Ltd
Expression du Terroir Ltd
Field and Fawcett Wine Merchant
Grainstore
Hailsham Cellars
Harrogate Fine Wine Co
Hedonism Drinks Ltd
Loki Wines Ltd
Luvians Bottle Shop
Noel Young Wines
Portland Wine Cellars
Rodney Densem Wines Limited
S.H.Jones and Co Ltd
Sandhams Wine Merchants Ltd
Shaftesbury Wines
Simply Wines Direct
South Down Cellars
Steep Hill Wines
Stroud Wine Company Ltd
Tate Britain
Tate-Smith Ltd
Telford Wines
The Bottle Shop
The Dorset Wine Company
The Grape to Glass
The Wine Shop, Winscombe
The Wine Store
Tivoli Wines Ltd
Uncorked Ltd
Viader Vintners Ltd
Weavers of Nottingham
Worth Bros Wine Merchants

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