The International Riesling Review

Tuesday 17th May

Hosted by Joe Wadsack

Wines of Germany took the occasion of the LIWSF to celebrate riesling's world class status by taking the lead in an International Riesling Review tasting.  For this Wines of Germany teamed up with other renowned riesling producers from Alsace, Australia, New Zealand and Washington State in the USA (well sort of).

Scores are out of 10.

1999 AOC Alsace Grand Cru Brand Riesling, Cave Vinicole de Turckheim £12.99 RRP
Mid straw.  Full, quite perfumed nose – very minerally.  Full-on palate.  Quite a grainy, chalky feel.  Ripe fruit; great depth.  Enormous length: lingers forever.                                            8

2004 Tim Adams Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia  £7.99 RRP
A very, very pale straw.  Very, very crisp nose, slightly malic.  Very crisp and pure.  Very fresh and young, with a touch of lime on the palate.  Loads of riesling characteristics on the palate.  Fairly high acidity.     8

2004 Framingham Riesling, Marlborough, New Zealand  £8.92 RRP
A pale greenish straw.  Riper, more floral nose with honeysuckle notes.  Lower acidity than the Tim Adams or the Turckheim, with a bit more residual sugar.  Very much representative of the New Zealand style of riesling.          8

2004 Eroica Riesling, Chateau Michelle & Ernie Loosen, Washington State, USA £15.99 RRP
Remarkably, Washington is one of the largest riesling producers in the world, and Michelle alone has 750 acres of Riesling vines.  This wine is made in collaboration with Ernie Loosen, Decanter Magazine's man of the year in 2005.
This has a broad floral nose, full of honeysuckle notes and very fragrant.  Very round and ripe.  Initially it seems a touch dilute but then fills well.  Quite sweetish (apparently around 18-20 g residual sugar).  An interesting well made wine, but a bit over-priced.                                                                          8+

2003 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese, JJ Prüm, Mosel, Germany £15.50 RRP
The nose is rather dominated by sulphur, but that blows off with some agitation.  Fantastic creamy peachy nose.  Really very sweet.  Prüm often raises the bar for the Prädikat levels, and given that this is 2003, the ripeness and sweetness levels of this are probably teetering around the Beerenauslese levels.  And indeed this has high sweetness levels.  But there's a good balance there, and great potential for the future, starting maybe 5 or 6 years down the line.         9

2000 Scharzhofberger Kabinett, Egon Müller
A very pale gold.  Very strong granite nose.  This seems remarkably mature, especially given the long ageing profile of Egon Müller's wine.  Appley flavours with a slight soft caramelised perfume. 9

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