Wine Tasting Video: Riesling from Germany, New Zealand & Australia

Tinpot Hut ‘Turner Vineyard’ Riesling 2012, Marlborough, New Zealand (£15.99 Liberty Wines)
Still has some of the slightly candied dolly mixture character of youth but this recedes with time, letting the zippy, zesty lime and mandarin orange fruit emerge. Off-dry in style with a decent framework of acidity and a touch of minerality, but just a touch simple. B(+)

Gut Hermannsberg Niederhäuser Riesling trocken 2010, Nahe, Germany (£21.29 MWH Merchants*)
Sleek, elegant style, with lovely tension between the concentrated citrus and apple flavours, herby/slate-like terroir notes and steely minerality. Really classy style, rich, even exotic but wonderfully racy. S+

Gut Hermannsberg Schlossböckelheimer Riesling trocken 2010, Nahe, Germany (£21.29 MWH Merchants*)
Similarly fruity, with those rich lime, lemon and apple flavours, but here, the soil shows through in spicy aromas and volcanic notes. The Niederhäuser leaps on top of you, this sneaks up onto your lap – both are great. S+

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2010, Margaret River, Australia (£17.99-£20.99 Domaine Direct, Beaconsfield Wine Cellars, Fortnum & Mason, Jeroboams, Luvians, Majestic Fine Wine, S.H. Jones, Taurus Wines, The House of Menzies, Uncorked, Woodwinters)
Tight and limey, with a floral note to the stony citrus flavours, honest and tasty, maybe a touch off-dry, but with a tangy, tasty finish. S-

Gut Hermannsberg Riesling Rotenberg Spätlese 2011, Nahe, Germany (£21.29 MWH Merchants*)
Very young, and still a bit sulky to begin with, but opens up to show cooked green apple and mandarin flavours, with a touch of lime jelly, some floral notes and a honeyed character. Good balance between sweetness and acidity, but – for the moment at least – outclassed by the two drier wines. S
* These prices were given by the person who sent me the wines – the MWH website quotes a different (and cheaper!) figure. Will report back…

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