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Riesling

One of the world's great grape varieties and the acknowledged king of German vineyards, also important in Alsace, Riesling goes through a number of ripening phases making it incredibly varied. Picked early it can form a base wine for Methode Champenoise; a little later, it makes a wonderfully crisp, aromatic lemon-lime filled dry white. A little riper the grapes produce an excellent, slightly sweet 'Spatlese' wine, later again an 'Auslese', and so on. In Australia, crisp, minerally, citrus-led styles dominate, with regions like South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia producing the finest examples. Fish, shellfish and crustaceans are perfect partners. Browse our top rated Riesling wines here.

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    2021 3 Drops Riesling
    Great Southern, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $24. 99 Bottle
    $299.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2022-2028)
    ABV: 12%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Brilliant water like colour with a faint tinge of green around the outskirts. Pronounced lime juice and granny smith apple scents are followed by lemon, wet steel and slatey mineral notes. Concentrated but tightly focused lime and green apple flavours line the palate underscored by some lemon, wet steel and flinty mineral characters. Finishes dry and very crisp with a long laser sharp aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Alc. 12%

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    A pale quartz-green hue foretells a wine of unbridled intensity; aromas of white flowers, passionfruit and Granny Smith apple open proceedings on a palate of vibrant drive and intensity. Rose's lime juice and soaring acidity drive the seemingly endless flavours demanding an extra glass (or 2). Drink by 2031.
    96 points
    James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion

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    2016 Dr Loosen Erdener Pralat Alte Reben Riesling Grosse Gewachs
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $170. 00 Bottle
    $2040.00 Dozen
    ABV: 13%
    Closure: Cork

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    The most concentrated of Loosen's 2016 GGs, but also the most closed. This has everything you expect from a Grand Cru quality dry Mosel riesling. After the creamy richness on the mid-palate comes a mighty wave of minerals at the bold finish. Better from 2018 and for many years after.
    96 points
    Stuart Pigott - jamessuckling.com

    The 2016er Erdener Prälat GG is made from very old un-grafted vines, and was fermented with ambient yeasts and aged in oak for almost 12 months. This offers a gorgeous nose of pear, mango, grapefruit, passion fruit, brown sugar, apricot blossom, fine spices and flint stone from reduction. The wine is slightly bold on the palate and leaves a juicy and clean feel in the long and nicely firm and bold finish. The aftertaste is nicely long and elegant. 2021-2031.
    91-93 points
    Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines

    Rather occluded nose for the moment. Sherbetty sweetness is the first thing to hit the palate. Still very tightly wound. Lacks the immediate appeal of the Treppchen. Wait? There is certainly density and persistence here.
    16.5+/20 points
    Jancis Robinson

    Tasted in late July 2017 and slated for late September bottling, this leads with a pungent, site-typical meld of sassafras, horehound and kumquat. In keeping with the evolution of Loosen and Schug’s approach to Prälat over the past decade, it displays more than enough animation and primary juiciness to accompany its glycerol-richness and sense of stuffing. Suggestions of apple and mango exhibit a dichotomy of ripeness along with “green” pungency, but in the context of this wine’s piquant, zesty citricity and sense of herbal suffusion, I find the effect stimulating rather than inharmonious. The finish here grips aggressively but without overt bitterness and with persistent refreshment. This could conceivably be the last of its kind, as Loosen and Schug are considering discontinuing a “regular” Prälat Grosses Gewächs and instead shunting the entirety of dry wine labeled for that site into their “Reserve” program.
    90-91 points
    David Schildknecht - Vinous

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    2018 A. Christmann Idig Riesling Grosses Gewachs
    Pfalz, GERMANY
    $150. 00 Bottle
    $1800.00 Dozen
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork

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    The lemon/lime-green colored 2018 Idig Riesling Trocken "GG" offers a deep and complex, still yeasty-scented and flinty nose. Lush and juicy on the palate but with a fine and silky texture, fine tannins and a very long finish, this is an outstandingly rich and powerful Riesling with perhaps some grams of sugar or a lower acidity but with the vitality of a remarkable wine that will surely and clearly improve in the bottle.
    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    This is a remarkably mineral and taut style with dried citrus, quartz, ivory and brightly squeezed citrus. Edgy and compact on the palate with subtle, caressing phenolics and vibrant, bright acidity. Long and very citrusy on the finish. Drink now or hold.
    96 Points
    jamessuckling.com

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    2018 A. Christmann Reiterpfad-Hofstuck Riesling Grosses Gewachs
    Pfalz, GERMANY
    $130. 00 Bottle
    $1560.00 Dozen
    ABV: 13%
    Closure: Cork

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    Bitter lemons and orange pith, as well as barely ripe nectarines and loquat. Medium-to full-bodied with raw power to the acidity and crystalline purity to the citrus fruit. Long and mineral on the finish.
    95 Points
    jamesuckling.com

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    2021 Ad Hoc Wallflower Riesling
    Great Southern, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $19. 99 Bottle
    $239.88 Dozen
    Cellar: 5 - 6 Years (2027-2028)
    ABV: 12.3%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Brilliant water like colour with greenish tinged edges. Top notes of lime juice and Granny Smith apple are followed by some wet steel and chalky mineral scents. Crunchy, taut and bursting with energy, lime juice and Granny Smith apple flavours are backed by a core of steely acidity. Lemon and flinty mineral characters flow onto a tightly wound yet zesty aftertaste.
    Cellar 5-6 years.
    Alc. 12.3%

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    2021 ATR Wines Chockstone Grampians Riesling
    Grampians, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $19. 99 Bottle
    $239.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2022-2030)
    ABV: 12%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Brilliant water like core with greenish tinged edges. Intense lime juice, lemon and orange rind scents flow from the glass with some wet steel and minerally notes also evident. Mouth tingling lime, lemon and orange rind flavours flood the mouth underpinned by a vein of racy acidity. Superb concentration and power with notions of faint honeysuckle, chalky talc and steely mineral characters lingering on the back half. Dry crunchy finish with a long scrumptious aftertaste that’s delivered with great precision.
    Drink over the next 6-8 years.
    Alc. 12%

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    Wild-yeast fermentation, leaving a touch of residual sugar. Riesling is the winemaker's great strength and passion and it shows clearly each vintage. You could drown in the aromatic beauty of the scent: white flowers, lime, green apple, lemon zest, spice and musk. Dry and stylish acidity (it's the only word to describe the combination of bright and soft acidity) caress the palate, mouth-wateringly so. A touch of barely there sugar helps amplify the depth of fruit. A delight. Drink by 2033.
    96 points
    Jeni Port - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion

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    2021 Best’s Great Western Riesling
    Great Western, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $23. 99 Bottle
    $287.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2022-2030)
    ABV: 11%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Riesling vines were first planted as part of Henry Best’s ‘Nursery Block’ vineyard in the 1860s. Subsequent plantings followed in 1944 (since removed), 1978 and 1998. Always very flavoursome and very age worthy, the Best’s Great Western Rieslings are renown for their beautiful balance, texture and aromatics.
    Brilliant water like core with a distinct glimmer of green around the outskirts. Intense lime zest, red apple and orange blossom scents fill the nostrils. Notions of mandarin, talc and minerals also chime in. Zippy lime, lemon and orange rind flavours race across the palate underpinned by zesty acidity. Tangy mandarin and flinty mineral elements lend further interest. Finishes dry with a long racy aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 6-8 years.
    Alc. 11%

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    A super-fresh riesling with lightly spicy edges to the lemon and sliced-pear fruit. There’s green apple on the palate and a dry, crisp run to the long, mouthwatering finish. Drink this young.
    94 points
    JamesSuckling.com

    As ever, a very distinguished riesling, its fluid power and the insistence of the palate results in exceptional length, crackling minerally acidity, married with lemon and lime fruit. Bargain. Drink by 2036.
    96 points
    James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion

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    2019 Brave Souls The Lighthouse Keeper Riesling
    Eden Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $21. 99 Bottle
    $263.88 Dozen
    Minimum 12 bottles
    Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
    ABV: 11.5%
    Closure: Stelvin
    Brilliant very pale straw colour with greenish tinged edges and a watery hue. Intense lime and citrus scents stream out of the glass followed by orange rind and talc. Racy lime juice and lemon fruits are to the fore with hints of green apple and subtle oily toast like characters lying underneath. Dry steely finish with punchy acidity and a medium length aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 3-4 years.
    Alc. 11.5%
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    2020 Breuer & Mehriein & Lunden Riesling Venture Trocken
    Rheingau, GERMANY
    $27. 99 Bottle
    $335.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2022-2026)
    ABV: 12%
    Closure: Stelvin

    A joint venture between Theresa Breuer, Weingut Bernhard Mehrlein from Oestrich-Winkel and Georg Breuer cellarmaster Markus Lundén. Sourced from three to four different villages around the region to bring diversity, the fruit is whole bunch pressed and fermented and aged in stainless steel for approximately 8 months.
    Brilliant water like core with a distinct tinge of green to the edges. Aromas of lime, pear and red apple are married to hints of honeysuckle and slatey mineral notes. Scrumptious lime, red apple and subtle orange blossom infusions overlay a crunchy back drop of chalky lemon and wet slate characters. Zippy acidity finishing dry, long and mouth watering. An excellent first up effort from this trio.
    Drink over the next 3-4 years.
    Alc. 12%

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    2019 Capel Vale Regional Series Riesling
    Mount Barker, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $24. 99 Bottle
    $299.88 Dozen
    Minimum 12 bottles
    Cellar: 6 - 8 Years (2026-2028)
    ABV: 11.5%
    Closure: Stelvin
    Brilliant water like colour with greenish tinged edges. Delicate lime and lemon aromas have a light kerosene overlay with subtle toast and wet steel notes also evident. More pristine than the nose the palate has an austere feel to it with lime and lemon juice flavours overlaying subtle oily toast like elements and wet steel. Finishes very dry with crunchy acidity and a linear aftertaste that sees traces of lemon butter emerge.
    Cellar 6-8 years.
    Alc. 11.5%
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    2021 Catlin The Nitschke Riesling
    Adelaide Hills, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $27. 99 Bottle
    $335.88 Dozen
    Minimum 12 bottles
    Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2022-2028)
    ABV: 11.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Brilliant very pale straw colour with greenish tinged edges and a watery hue. Aromas of lime and red apple mix with hints of citrus blossom, faint honeysuckle and flinty mineral notes. Crunchy lime and red apple fruits mix with infusions of orange blossom and steely mineral characters. Finishes dry with a crisp and tightly focused aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Alc. 11.5%

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    2018 Catlin The Molly Mae Riesling
    Clare Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $19. 99 Bottle
    $239.88 Dozen
    Minimum 12 bottles
    Cellar: 5 - 6 Years (2025-2026)
    ABV: 10.5%
    Closure: Stelvin
    Brilliant water like colour with greenish tinged edges. Aromas of lime, lemon and orange rind have a talc overlay with light oily steel like notes following on. Light and quite steely in its feel, the palate is subtlety flavoured with lemon, lime juice and granny smith apples. Wet steel and mineral characters sit in the background. Finishes very dry with crunchy acidity and a lime juice driven aftertaste.
    Cellar 5-6 years.
    Alc. 10.5%

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    Machine-harvested, pressed, no SO2, wild-fermented, 6 months on lees. Fermented to very low residual sugar (1.2g/l) its acidity is obvious and mouthwatering, and adds a bold swagger to the palate. Extreme length. Will richly repay patience. Drink by 2032.
    94 points
    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion
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    2019 Chartley Estate Riesling
    Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
    $32. 99 Bottle
    $395.88 Dozen
    Minimum 12 bottles
    Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
    ABV: 12.2%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Brilliant water like colour with greenish tinged edges. Elevated lime, citrus and orange blossom aromas mix with hints of red apple, faint honeysuckle and sherbet. Delicious lime, citrus and mandarin fruits sit over a back drop of crunchy red apple and sherbet. Finishes dry with crisp acidity and a flinty mineral laced aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Alc. 12.2%

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    2020 Clemens Busch Marienburg Riesling Spatlese
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $84. 99 Bottle
    $1019.88 Dozen
    ABV: 7.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Clemens and Rita Busch are one of the pioneering organic, and now biodynamic, producers working in Germany. As the fifth generation winemaker at this estate, Clemens stopped using herbicides in 1976, then in 1984 he and wife Rita converted to organics. They were among the first in Germany to commit to organic viticulture and led the movement establishing an association of organic growers in 1986. The estate converted to biodynamics entirely in 2005, earning certifications from the EU and Respekt-Biodyn.

    Based in Pünderich, almost all of the vines they work are on the slopes of the Marienburg, and unique for the Mosel, feature parcels planted on the three main colours of slate; blue, red, and grey. In the winery Clemens works with wild yeasts, and ferments mostly in very old 1000-litre barrels. Nothing is added to the wines at any stage, apart from a touch of sulphur at bottling. Most of the wines at the Busch estate are vinified dry, and they are rich, complex and often powerful. They age very beautifully, gaining in complexity and texture. However, the sweet and noble sweet wines from the estate are also impressive, ranking among the finest wines made anywhere on the Mosel.

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    Gigantically fresh, with a whole garden of fresh herbs, plus white peach and a touch of white currant. Great energy whipping it down the road on the sleek and focused palate. There must be quite some natural grape sweetness in here, but the acidity it so vibrant that you barely feel it. From biodynamically grown grapes with Respekt certification. Drink or hold.
    95 points
    Stuart Pigott - JamesSuckling.com

    It’s not easy to prise apart the complex fragrance of the Marienburg Spätlese, suffice to say that herbal and mineral elements shape the first impression, with fine floral and fruity notes demanding a little more olfactory application. The taste of crunchy apple and zesty citrus fruit gets the juices flowing, sweet lemony acidity prolongs the sensory stimulation. More classic than avant-garde, traditionalists deserve to be pleased too.
    17.5/20 points
    Michael Schmidt - JancisRobinson.com

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    2019 Clemens Busch Marienburg Riesling Spatlese Goldcap (375ml)
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $59. 99 Bottle
    $719.88 Dozen
    ABV: 7.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Clemens and Rita Busch are one of the pioneering organic, and now biodynamic, producers working in Germany. As the fifth generation winemaker at this estate, Clemens stopped using herbicides in 1976, then in 1984 he and wife Rita converted to organics. They were among the first in Germany to commit to organic viticulture and led the movement establishing an association of organic growers in 1986. The estate converted to biodynamics entirely in 2005, earning certifications from the EU and Respekt-Biodyn.

    Based in Pünderich, almost all of the vines they work are on the slopes of the Marienburg, and unique for the Mosel, feature parcels planted on the three main colours of slate; blue, red, and grey. In the winery Clemens works with wild yeasts, and ferments mostly in very old 1000-litre barrels. Nothing is added to the wines at any stage, apart from a touch of sulphur at bottling. Most of the wines at the Busch estate are vinified dry, and they are rich, complex and often powerful. They age very beautifully, gaining in complexity and texture. However, the sweet and noble sweet wines from the estate are also impressive, ranking among the finest wines made anywhere on the Mosel.

    Other Reviews....
    Busch's 2019 Marienburg Spätlese Goldkapsel is clear and noble on the intense yet highly elegant and slightly flinty nose that displays perfectly selected Riesling fruit intertwined with floral notes. Tropical aromas on the light and filigreed yet intense and perfectly balanced palate, this gold capsule has a graceful structure and salty-piquant acidity. Notes of mango/pineapple juice fill every corner of this great, pure, refined and highly stimulating Spätlese. A fabulous Riesling and picture-book Spätlese that is impossible to spit! 7.5% alcohol. Tasted from AP 1320 in July 2020. Drink 2020 - 2060.
    94 points
    Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate (Aug 2020)

    This masterpiece is just beginning to blossom! Great bouquet of spring meadows and floral honey, this is a rich, concentrated Spätlese with more than enough structure to carry the substantial weight, the lively acidity providing wonderful delicacy at the finish. From biodynamically grown grapes with Respekt certification. Drink or hold.
    96 points
    Stuart Pigott - JamesSuckling.com

    The 2019er Marienburg Riesling Spätlese, as it is referred to on the main part of the consumer label and with a golden capsule, was made from fruit picked at 102° Oechsle from a selection of partially (10%) botrytized fruit and was fermented down to noble-sweet levels of residual sugar. It offers a superbly backward nose made of vineyard peach, cassis, elderflower, some almond cream, a hint of apricot, fine spices, and smoke. The wine proves superbly delineated and focused on the comparatively light-footed palate and leaves a light and dancing feel in the hugely precise and profound finish. The after-taste is subtly honeyed, packed with fresh fruits, herbal elements, and zest. This gorgeous wine cut along the lines of a light-footed expression of Auslese GK is truly superb! Drink 2029-2049.
    95 points
    Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines

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    2019 Clemens Busch Marienburg Riesling Auslese
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $145. 00 Bottle
    $1740.00 Dozen
    ABV: 7.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Clemens and Rita Busch are one of the pioneering organic, and now biodynamic, producers working in Germany. As the fifth generation winemaker at this estate, Clemens stopped using herbicides in 1976, then in 1984 he and wife Rita converted to organics. They were among the first in Germany to commit to organic viticulture and led the movement establishing an association of organic growers in 1986. The estate converted to biodynamics entirely in 2005, earning certifications from the EU and Respekt-Biodyn.

    Based in Pünderich, almost all of the vines they work are on the slopes of the Marienburg, and unique for the Mosel, feature parcels planted on the three main colours of slate; blue, red, and grey. In the winery Clemens works with wild yeasts, and ferments mostly in very old 1000-litre barrels. Nothing is added to the wines at any stage, apart from a touch of sulphur at bottling. Most of the wines at the Busch estate are vinified dry, and they are rich, complex and often powerful. They age very beautifully, gaining in complexity and texture. However, the sweet and noble sweet wines from the estate are also impressive, ranking among the finest wines made anywhere on the Mosel.

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    2019 Clemens Busch Marienburg Fahrlay Riesling Grosses Gewachs
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $135. 00 Bottle
    $1620.00 Dozen
    ABV: 13%
    Closure: Cork

    Clemens and Rita Busch are one of the pioneering organic, and now biodynamic, producers working in Germany. As the fifth generation winemaker at this estate, Clemens stopped using herbicides in 1976, then in 1984 he and wife Rita converted to organics. They were among the first in Germany to commit to organic viticulture and led the movement establishing an association of organic growers in 1986. The estate converted to biodynamics entirely in 2005, earning certifications from the EU and Respekt-Biodyn.

    Based in Pünderich, almost all of the vines they work are on the slopes of the Marienburg, and unique for the Mosel, feature parcels planted on the three main colours of slate; blue, red, and grey. In the winery Clemens works with wild yeasts, and ferments mostly in very old 1000-litre barrels. Nothing is added to the wines at any stage, apart from a touch of sulphur at bottling. Most of the wines at the Busch estate are vinified dry, and they are rich, complex and often powerful. They age very beautifully, gaining in complexity and texture. However, the sweet and noble sweet wines from the estate are also impressive, ranking among the finest wines made anywhere on the Mosel.

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    The 2019 Marienburg GG Fahrlay is perfectly ripe and concentrated on the densely aromatic nose that intertwines ripe, intense and flinty fruit with fascinating notes of crushed stones and herbs, yet everything is already marvelously interwoven and balanced as well as pure, precise and crystalline, with lemon zest notes. Full-bodied, intense and crystalline on the palate, this is a rich, concentrated, perfectly ripe and aromatic Fahrlay with a long, intense, elegant, crystalline and persistently salty finish. This would be rich and bolder if there were no old vines in blue slate. This is an impressive wine that was bottled just a few days before I tasted it in September 2020. Drink 2025 - 2045.
    96 points
    Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate (Oct 2020)

    The 2019er Marienburg Fahrlay GG, as it is referred to on the main part of the label, was fermented spontaneously in traditional oak casks with fruit harvested in a blue slate part of the Marienburg vineyard. It offers a superbly engaging nose made of cassis, grapefruit zest, citrusy fruits, ginger, elderflower, fine spices, herbs, and smoke. The wine proves gorgeously packed with racy flavors and smoke on the intensely flavored palate and leaves a superbly playful feel of whipped cream, earthy spices, and grapefruit zest in the long and subtly smoky finish. This is a stunning dry Riesling in the making! Drink 2024-2034.
    96 points
    Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines

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    2021 Clonakilla Riesling
    Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, AUSTRALIA
    $29. 99 Bottle
    $359.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2021-2029)
    ABV: 12%
    Closure: Stelvin

    A near perfect vintage along with Murrumbateman’s well suited terroir has produced a stunning Clonakilla Riesling.
    Brilliant water like core with greenish tinged edges. Aromas of lime, orange zest and lemon mix with chalky talc like notes and a subtle steeliness. Showing great precision the palate is bursting with intense lime and lemon flavours which are underpinned by searing acidity. Green apple, delicate orange rind, wet steel and flinty mineral characters present themselves on the back half. Outstanding power finishing dry with a long sharply focused aftertaste. Superb.
    Drink over the next 6-8 years.
    Alc. 12%

    Other Reviews….
    One of Australia’s finest rieslings; a benchmark riesling for me.
    Loads of floral perfume, preserved lemon, pretty talc scents, a bit of warm river pebble, lime juice. Delicate in the palate, more lime juice here, tart and with great energy, crispness, cool herbal notes, some chalky pucker and endless mouth-watering length. Tightly wound but slightly juicy, if you get the drift. Beautiful expression, high toned saline mineral acidity, refreshing now to the max, will last a generation. Drink 2021-2040+
    96 points
    Mike Bennie – The Wine Front

    A seriously good, young dry riesling with a striking mineral edge to the nose of fresh lime juice, wet stones and gentle herbal notes. The palate has real intensity and depth with a vivid citrus and white-peach fruit drive. Snaps dry and the flavors hold pure and long. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
    96 points
    JamesSuckling.com

    As pure as a spring day and smelling of a citrus orchard in bloom. A heady mix of lime and lemon sprinkled with ginger powder are just teasers, as this is complex and beguiling. The palate is long and defined by acidity as much as the power of the fruit. It has texture, succulence and a slickness rendering it assured and impressive. Drink by 2035.
    96 points
    Jane Faulkner - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion

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    2021 Cooter & Cooter Watervale Riesling
    Clare Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $19. 99 Bottle
    $239.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
    ABV: 12%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Brilliant water like core with a distinct glimmer of green to the outskirts. Intense lime and citrus scents jump out of the glass trailed by subtle orange rind, talc and mineral notes. Crunchy lemon and lime fruits overlay wet steel, chalky talc like characters and flinty mineral nuances. Finishes dry and crisp with a scrumptious green apple like aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Alc. 12%

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    2021 Craigie Knowe Estate Riesling
    Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
    $29. 99 Bottle
    $359.88 Dozen
    Minimum 12 bottles
    Cellar: 6 - 8 Years (2028-2030)
    ABV: 12%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Brilliant water like core with highlights of green skirting the edges. Bursting out of the glass are intense lime, citrus and orange rind scents which are trailed by chalky talc, mandarin and flinty mineral notes. Racy lime and orange flavours are energised by laser like acidity which gives the wine a crunchy feel. Citrusy mandarin, wet steel and flinty mineral characters chime in on the back half. Concludes dry with a taut and zesty finish.
    Cellar 6-8 years.
    Alc. 12%

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    2021 Crawford River Riesling
    Henty, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $49. 99 Bottle
    $599.88 Dozen
    ABV: 13.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

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    The staple Crawford River riesling.
    A beauty. Quite a savoury release with hazelnut and cashew like nuttiness rolled through soft green apple, nectarine notes, pulpy grapefruit and fine, talc-like minerally characters. Excellent length, concentration and mouth-filling pleasure. This isn’t a skeletal release but one of lavishness and freshness hand-in-hand. Really, really good. Drink 2022 - 2030.
    95 Points
    Mike Bennie - The Wine Front (March 2022)

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    2015 Crawford River Museum Riesling
    Henty, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $79. 99 Bottle
    $959.88 Dozen
    ABV: 13.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

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    What a coup that one of the country’s best riesling producers gifts us a wine with this kind of bottle age, mainlining a wine in its prime of drinking. And it is. And as ever, the real deal.
    Concentration and power with grace and freshness. You see the maturity in elements of honeycomb and brown lime notes, a bit of peanut brittle and hazelnut in the mix, but green lime, green apple and green mango are persuasive, and the texture has this incredible chalky edge that brings forth max drinkability and a great reset of the palate after each sip. It’s a wine with its plumage on show, a fine, excellent and complex thing in the glass. Outstanding release – and more to go. Drink 2022 - 2030+
    96 Points
    Mike Bennie - The Wine Front (March 2022)

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    2020 Crawford River Riesling
    Henty, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $49. 99 Bottle
    $599.88 Dozen
    ABV: 13.5%
    Closure: Screw Cap

    Other Reviews....
    Crawford River riesling needs little introduction. The 2020 harvest in Henty seems to be very good by most reports, though I’ve heard of yields being down and some climate pressure with frost and the like, early. Crawford River’s vineyards are in their own universe so probably all good there.
    Brilliant riesling. Texture, weight, drive, energy – top marks for all. Scents of green apple juice, frangipani, ozone, fennel and lime. Flavours are similar with beautiful concentration, glossy texture, flecks of talc-powdery minerality, and an extremely long, cool, herbal, juicy-lime finish making this moreish and righteous. Impeccable balance, a sense of grace and comely flow. A wine to sip and savour; relish the little details. Magic stuff. Drink 2021 - 2040.
    96 Points
    Mike Bennie - The Wine Front (August 2021)

    Hard to believe this complex, astounding riesling is so, so, very young. It comes fully formed, in balance, bursting with freshness, purity of varietal expression and beautiful fruit. And, yes, by usual standards it is riper, with stone fruits joining lemon drop, grapefruit and baked apple. But it brings added complexity and texture, which joins with a tingly acidity to produce something memorable. Drink by 2030.
    96 Points
    Jeni Port - James Halliday's Wine Companion (January 2021)

     

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    2021 Curator Wine Co. Eden Valley Riesling
    Eden Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $19. 99 Bottle
    $239.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
    ABV: 11%
    Closure: Stelvin
    Brilliant very pale straw colour with a distinct glimmer of green around the outskirts and a watery hue. Intense lime, citrus and orange rind scents jump out of the glass with notions of talc and chalky minerals also evident. Mouth watering lime zest, lemon and orange rind fruits show both volume and concentration across the palate. Crunchy acidity with talc, green apple and slatey mineral characters flowing onto the back half. Dry, zippy finish with a scrumptiously long aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Alc. 11%
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    • Biodynamic
    2018 Domaine Trapet R.Q.W.R. Riquewihr Riesling
    Alsace, FRANCE
    $44. 99 Bottle
    $539.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2022-2030)
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Jean-Louis Trapet of Domaine Trapet in Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy and his Alsatian born wife Andree run this certified organic and biodynamic estate in Alsace. This Riesling is sourced from less than 1 hectare of vines grown on a hillside overlooking the village of Riquewihr with an East Southeast orientation. The grapes are hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel before being aged for 10-12 months in neutral French oak and concrete eggs.
    Brilliant pale straw colour with greenish tinged edges and a watery hue. Intense lime and citrus scents meld into lemon butter, bees wax, toast and flinty wet stone notes. Rich and voluminous on the palate, generously textured lime and citrus fruits are underpinned by fresh zippy acidity. Subtle notions of bees wax, lemon butter, wet stone, delicate tertiary kerosene and smoky mineral characters ensue. Outstanding depth finishing long and concentrated with an oily like feel.
    Drink over the next 6-8 years.
    Alc. 12.5%

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    2018 Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Spatlese
    Nahe, GERMANY
    $84. 99 Bottle
    $1019.88 Dozen
    ABV: 8%
    Closure: Cork

    Other Reviews....
    The 2018 Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese is very intense and aromatic on the dense and voluptuous nose. Lush and creamy on the palate, this is a generous and dense, lush and persistent Brücke Spätlese with remarkable freshness and piquancy. It's pretty straight and piquant, with remarkable finesse and mineral tension. Tasted in July 2019.
    93+ points
    Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate (Oct 2019)

    White peach, quince and red raspberry give an impression on the nose and the creamy, polished palate of both jellied and fresh fruits. An influx of lime serves for welcome, animating brightness, and the penetratingly sustained, mouthwateringly salt-tinged finish is transparent to wet stone, setting up a shimmering fruit–mineral exchange.
    94 points
    David Schildknecht - Vinous

    This is a decadent sweet wine with bright dried peaches, white truffle and light honey. Tropical fruit, too. Full-bodied, dense and layered with beautiful intensity and richness. Sweet finish.
    94 points
    jamessuckling.com

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    2018 Donnhoff Dellchen Riesling Grosses Gewachs
    Nahe, GERMANY
    $160. 00 Bottle
    $1920.00 Dozen
    ABV: 13%
    Closure: Cork

    Other Reviews....
    A dense and layered white with minerals, salt, white pepper, chalk, dried lemon and subtle pears. Pumice. Wow. Tiny film of oil. Creamy and insane. What a wine. Magic. One for the cellar. Drink or hold.
    99 Points
    jamessuckling.com

    The 2018 Norheimer Dellchen Riesling trocken –GG– is brilliant, pure and fresh on the nose, with super ripe and dried white-fruit aromas on the nose. Round, lush and elegant on the palate, this is a rich yet elegant, pure and crystalline Riesling that tastes somewhat sweetish on the finish right now. Tasted three days after bottling in July 2019.
    92 Points
    Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate (Oct 2019)

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    2020 Dr Burklin-Wolf Dry Riesling
    Pfalz, GERMANY
    $33. 99 Bottle
    $407.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2022-2028)
    ABV: 12%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Brilliant very pale straw colour with distinct highlights of green around the edges and a watery hue. Lifted lime, lemon and red apple scents intermingle with wet steel and gun flint. Zippy lime and lemon fruits are bursting with freshness over subtle red apple, light honeysuckle and flinty mineral characters. Crisp edgy acidity with a dry, taut finish that has a mandarin like tang to it.
    Drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Alc. 12%

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    2020 Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Alte Reben Riesling Grosses Gewachs
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $89. 99 Bottle
    $1079.88 Dozen
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Other Reviews....
    Tasted as a cask sample in Wiesbaden in August 2021, the 2020 Wehlener Sonnenuhr GG Alte Reben offers a very intense and beautifully spicy, slatey nose. Rich and intense on the palate, with remarkable freshness and lemon flavors, this is an intense and dense, very salty and persistent Sonnenuhr from ancient vines. Very promising. Drink 2027 - 2045.
    93-95 points
    Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate (Sep 2021)

    Stunning white-fruit and floral aromas are married to a full and very silky body. Concentration and gracefulness all at once. A charmer with more than enough structure.
    94-95 points
    Stuart Pigott - jamessuckling.com

    Fairly straightforward fragrance of fresh apple, pear and citrus aromas. The fruit is fresh and vibrant on the palate and well supported by citrusy acidity as well as a marked spicy piquancy. Starts off deceptively light on the palate, but is beginning to show greater depth as the flavour goes on. Spice is another trademark of Ernie’s Grosse Gewächse, and the Sonnenuhr has plenty. Drink 2022-2030.
    17.5/20 points
    Michael Schmidt - jancisrobinson.com

    The 2020er Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Alte Reben, as it is referred to on the main label (the reference to GG is left for the back label), comes from very old un-grafted vines in the prime Gewann Laychen (central part) and Sandpichter (near Zeltingen) sectors, and was fermented with ambient yeasts and aged in oak for almost 12 months. This cask sample ready for bottling proves smoky and flinty at first before it reveals its very refined and finely aromatic nose of tangerine, vineyard peach, Conference pear, dried white flowers, and almond. The wine is delicately juicy and elegant on the smooth rather than bone-dry palate. The finish manages to bring the right amount of freshness as zesty elements and spices kick in. A hint of tartness in the after-taste still needs to integrate before this beautiful wine will show its best. Drink 2025-2035.
    91-93 points
    Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines

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    2020 Dr Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Alte Reben Riesling Grosses Gewachs
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $89. 99 Bottle
    $1079.88 Dozen
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Other Reviews....
    The 2020 Ürziger Würzgarten GG Alte Reben is pure, deep and salty on the remarkably clear, precise and complex nose. Full-bodied and juicy, this is a round and fruity, not all too dry Würzgarten that is stunningly pure, finessed and tensioned for this complicated Mosel vintage. Highly promising. Tasted as a cask sample in Wiesbaden in August 2021. Drink 2027 - 2045.
    94-96 points
    Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate (Sep 2021)

    What a beauty! So much wild berry and spice. Juicy and well-structured, the two sides of the wine already beautifully integrated. So much drive! Very long, spicy and stony finish.
    95-96 points
    Stuart Pigott - jamessuckling.com

    On the nose the fragrance of ripe apple and pear is complemented by the Würzgarten’s unique spicy aroma. This also applies to the palate, where the initially straightforward delivery of sweet and sour fruit flavours are given an injection of lemon zest and ginger spice, to add an additional dimension to refine the overall expression. Drink 2021-2028.
    17.5/20 points
    Michael Schmidt - jancisrobinson.com

    The 2020er Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Alte Reben, as it is referred to on the main label (the reference to GG is left for the back label), comes from parcels of very old un-grafted vines in the prime Unterst and Oberst Pichter, Maxberg, and Layenhaus sectors, and was fermented with ambient yeasts and aged in oak for almost 12 months. It offers a beautifully complex and superbly refined and aromatic nose of cassis, almond cream, William’s pear, tangerine, orange, and spices. The wine is superbly playful on the palate, where its light juicy and fruity texture is wrapped into a blanket of spices. The finish is focused, long, and pure. This is a great dry Riesling in the making. Drink 2026-2040.
    92-94 points
    Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines

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    2020 Dr Loosen Erdener Treppchen Alte Reben Riesling Grosses Gewachs
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $89. 99 Bottle
    $1079.88 Dozen
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Other Reviews....
    Tasted as a cask sample, the 2020 Erdener Treppchen GG Alte Reben promises a deep and concentrated, very complex and full-bodied wine with remarkable intensity. The wine is rich but refined and salty, well balanced and harmonious, revealing a long and intense, dense and sustainable finish. Tasted in Wiesbaden in August 2021. Drink 2026 - 2045.
    93-95 points
    Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate (Sep 2021)

    Extremely intense, anise nose with plenty of yeast, too. Excellent concentration and breathtaking raciness. Everything focused so tightly and that really lifts the energy level. Very exciting, diamond-bright finish.
    95-96 points
    Stuart Pigott - jamessuckling.com

    Quite straightforward on the nose with aromas of ripe, almost baked apple and the merest notion of ginger. On the palate juicy apple is joined by a little sweet citrus fruit and just a smidgeon of spice. Despite being on the sweeter side of Grosse Gewächse, the Treppchen is most lively and refreshing. Drink 2021-2028.
    17/20 points
    Michael Schmidt - jancisrobinson.com

    The 2020er Erdener Treppchen Riesling Alte Reben, as it is referred to on the main label (the reference to GG is left for the back label), comes from very old un-grafted vines in the prime Onnerts and Herzlay sectors (situated just above and next to the Prälat), and was fermented with ambient yeasts and aged in oak for almost 12 months. This cask sample ready for bottling proves quite non-saying and smoky at first before fine scents of anise, minty herbs, grapefruit, floral elements, and licorice emerge from the glass. The wine is superbly playful and spicy on the very long and smoky finish. The after-taste is very pure and long. Drink 2025-2035.
    91-93 points
    Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines

    2016 Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Grosses Gewachs Reserve
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $210. 00 Bottle
    $2520.00 Dozen
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Dr Loosen is one of the most respected names in the Mosel, and has been in the same family for over 200 years. Current custodian Ernst Loosen works with some of the finest vineyards in the area, and since 2011 he has pushed the boundaries further in an attempt to better express three unique terroirs. Working with Wehlener Sonnenuhr (blue slate), Urziger Würzgarten (red volcanic soil), and Erdener Pralat (red slate), the Grosses Gewachs Reserve wines hail from the finest parcels of ungrafted vines in each vineyard. Fermentation occurs naturally as with the regular GG wines, however the wines are held on full lees for 24 months, before an additional 24 months in bottle. This additional maturation approach lends greater balance and a deeper degree of vineyard expression to these wines.

    Wehlener Sonnenuhr is one of the most iconic vineyards in the area, with its steep blue slate slopes and eponymous sundial a beacon for the area. Wines from here are often some of the finest and most elegant expressions of Riesling, and with age further express their mineral slate origins.

    2016 Dr Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Grosses Gewachs Reserve
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $210. 00 Bottle
    $2520.00 Dozen
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Dr Loosen is one of the most respected names in the Mosel, and has been in the same family for over 200 years. Current custodian Ernst Loosen works with some of the finest vineyards in the area, and since 2011 he has pushed the boundaries further in an attempt to better express three unique terroirs. Working with Wehlener Sonnenuhr (blue slate), Urziger Würzgarten (red volcanic soil), and Erdener Pralat (red slate), the Grosses Gewachs Reserve wines hail from the finest parcels of ungrafted vines in each vineyard. Fermentation occurs naturally as with the regular GG wines, however the wines are held on full lees for 24 months, before an additional 24 months in bottle. This additional maturation approach lends greater balance and a deeper degree of vineyard expression to these wines.

    Due the rich, red volcanic soils, Urziger Wurzgarten produces wines unlike any other in the region. As the name would suggest, expect an exotic and spice laden Riesling that leans more towards tropical fruit flavours than the neighbouring vineyards.

    2016 Dr Loosen Erdener Pralat Riesling Grosses Gewachs Reserve
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $370. 00 Bottle
    $4440.00 Dozen
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Dr Loosen is one of the most respected names in the Mosel, and has been in the same family for over 200 years. Current custodian Ernst Loosen works with some of the finest vineyards in the area, and since 2011 he has pushed the boundaries further in an attempt to better express three unique terroirs. Working with Wehlener Sonnenuhr (blue slate), Urziger Würzgarten (red volcanic soil), and Erdener Pralat (red slate), the Grosses Gewachs Reserve wines hail from the finest parcels of ungrafted vines in each vineyard. Fermentation occurs naturally as with the regular GG wines, however the wines are held on full lees for 24 months, before an additional 24 months in bottle. This additional maturation approach lends greater balance and a deeper degree of vineyard expression to these wines.

    Erdener Prälat is perhaps the greatest vineyard in the Mosel region. It benefits from its 45° slope with perfect southern exposure, red slate soil and proximity to the river. All these factors, combined with its position below huge, heat-retaining cliffs, explain why Dr. Loosen never harvests anything less than Auslese ripeness from this site.

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    2015 Dr Loosen Erdener Pralat Riesling Grosses Gewachs Reserve
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $370. 00 Bottle
    $4440.00 Dozen
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Other Reviews....
    This dry Mosel masterpiece is a sleeping giant, just beginning to awaken, but has decades of life ahead of it. Extremely deep and concentrated, but no less finely delineated, this is so complex you could spend hours studying all the spicy details. However, the ripe-mango note that dominates the foreground is also ravishing. The best wine of this category (long matured GGs) made so far in Germany! Drink or hold.
    99 points
    JamesSuckling.com

    In reviewing the “regular” vintage 2015 Erdener Prälat Reserve, I looked forward comparing the eventual Reserve bottling, and expressed “my hunch ... that the latter will prove not just more expressive in its early years but also longer-lived.” Well, that time is here, and at least in terms of expressiveness, this tasting unfortunately failed to confirm my hunch. This Reserve appears less successful than the “regular” Grosses Gewächs in reflecting Loosen and Schug’s determination (beginning with 2004) to capture an animation and dynamic exchange of flavors in all of their Prälat bottlings that were missing when the site was getting picked later and based more on achieving high must weight. The nose here shows an oxidative tendency that I haven’t noted in other Loosen Reserve bottlings, though in itself, I don’t consider that a problem. Prickly notes of lemon and kumquat zests, along with an incisive note of white pepper, are very much in keeping with how the “regular” Grosses Gewächs performed in its youth. But smoky black tea and Latakia tobacco, along with suggesions of wet stone, moss and lichen, take the nose here to a new level of complexity. So far, so good – very good, in fact. Furthermore, the midpalate comes off as slightly slimmer as well as more texturally refined than that of the regular bottling, which might in part be a function of alcohol having been blown off by an additional year in cask, but also and in large part of lees buffering. It’s the finish of this Reserve – though impressive in its sheer persistence – that I find a letdown. A slightly dank alkaline and mossy impression seems to be all that remains of those elements that the nose led one to anticipate, and there is a sense of opacity, with only modest primary juiciness. “This is just Prälat being Prälat,” insisted Loosen, “and it needs time to come back.” As for longevity, that must obviously also remain an open question. Drink 2022 - 2026.
    90 points
    David Schildknecht - Vinous

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    2015 Dr Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Grosses Gewachs Reserve
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $210. 00 Bottle
    $2520.00 Dozen
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Other Reviews....
    This dry Mosel makes a bold statement with tons of spice, beautifully interwoven with the serious concentration, rolling over you in one huge wave that washes you up on a rocky, volcanic shore. In spite of all that, there’s great subtlety at the breathtaking finish. Drink or hold.
    98 points
    JamesSuckling.com

    Framboise and strawberry distillates, lime peel and wet stone inform an ethereal nose. There is some of the same delightfully invigorating impression of fresh, seedy red berries as in the as-yet unbottled “regular” 2018 Grosses Gewächs, a further demonstration that extended time in cask (this spent two years there) need by no means sap Loosen Grosse Gewächse of primary juiciness, animation or invigoration. In fact, the energy that this bottling projects is quite tightly wound. Alkaline, saline and kelp-like notes serve for intrigue and saliva-inducement on a tongue-tingling finish. The mineral and marine elements here are perceived more as a suffusion, and there is, for now at least, not the sense of transparency projected by the corresponding Wehlener Sonnenuhr. Drink 2020 - 2028.
    92 points
    David Schildknecht - Vinous

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    2016 Dr Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese (375ml)
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $59. 99 Bottle
    $719.88 Dozen
    ABV: 7.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Other Reviews....
    Another astonishing 2016 auslese from Dr. Loosen with a great interplay of concentrated fruit and spice. A very fresh, lemony acidity that gives the finish a big kick. Drink from 2020 to 2060.
    95-96 points
    Stuart Pigott - jamessuckling.com

    Animating and vividly bright for an Auslese, this displays an impressive concentration of fresh strawberry and kiwi laced with lime. Honeysuckle adds alluring inner-mouth perfume, and a glossy, subtly creamy texture serves as the perfect foil for the wine’s bracing brightness and infectious juiciness. Where the corresponding Sonnenuhr conveyed an extremely subtle impression of botrytis, here I can scarcely find any such impression – not that I’m complaining! The vibrant finish delivers tingling brightness of citrus, an invigorating crunch of strawberry seeds, wafting florality and a faint slick of quince jelly to accompany its irrepressible fresh fruitiness. (This was bottled shortly after my late July 2017 visit.)
    93-94 points
    David Schildknecht - Vinous

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    2016 Dr Loosen Riesling Eiswein (Ice Wine) (375ml)
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $130. 00 Bottle
    $1560.00 Dozen
    ABV: 7%
    Closure: Cork

    Other Reviews....
    This product of November 30 and December 5 pickings at multiple sites (Erdener Herrenberg prominent among them) delivers a slightly sweet-sour meld of green apple and apple candy with glazed pineapple. It displays prominent glycerol and considerable sense of stuffing to help buffer its blazing, penetrating, tangy brightness, and finishes with penetrating if edgy and only moderately complex persistence. I would permit it a year or two to settle itself, but given Eiswein’s caprices, I wouldn’t lose track of any bottles I cellared. Drink 2019 - 2025.
    90 points
    David Schildknecht - Vinous

    The 2016er Riesling Eiswein was made from fruit harvested at approx. 120° Oechsle in Bernkastel, Erden and Ürzig on both November 29 and November 30, and was fermented down to noble-sweet levels of residual sugar (143 g/l). It develops a beautifully zesty and fresh nose of candied grapefruit, orange jelly, and spices, joined by riper notes of quince, pear puree, and almond cream after some airing. The wine is superbly balanced and refined on the palate, and leaves a rather pure and smooth feel in the very long and light finish. The sweetness still dominates the acid core in the after-taste at this stage, but this should change after a few years of cellaring. Drink 2024-2036.
    93 points
    Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines

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    2016 Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese (375ml)
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $59. 99 Bottle
    $719.88 Dozen
    ABV: 8.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Other Reviews....
    Still very youthful and unready, but packed with flavour. Beautiful fruit and silky acidity. This is a raw diamond. Drink from 2018 to 2050.
    94-95 points
    Stuart Pigott - jamessuckling.com

    Fresh apple, quince preserves and vanilla cream mingle on the nose and the creamy, buoyant palate. Honeysuckle and heliotrope lend seductive inner-mouth perfume. This finishes with a lovely sense of lift and with just enough primary juiciness to remain animating. (It was bottled ahead of the 2017 harvest but not until after my late July 2017 visit.)
    91-92 points
    David Schildknecht - Vinous

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    2016 Dr Loosen Erdener Pralat Riesling Auslese GK (375ml)
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $84. 99 Bottle
    $1019.88 Dozen
    ABV: 9%
    Closure: Cork

    Other Reviews....
    More exotic than Dr. Loosen's other 2016 auslese and a bit more opulent too, but it also has a very serious structure that drives the powerful finish. Drink from 2020 to 2060.
    96-97 points
    Stuart Pigott - jamessuckling.com

    This offers a gorgeous nose of almond, pear, candied orange zest, a hint of pineapple, coconut minty herbs and spices. The wine develops a smooth and creamy feel on the palate and leaves a delicately powerful feel of herbs and spices in the long and superbly intense finish. This beautifully baroque expression of Auslese GK is still rather bold and will need a little bit of time to fully develop its inner balance. 2026-2046.
    93+ points
    Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines

    Whether it’s a function of the site or of the level of botrytis, this leaves behind the primary juiciness that characterized the “regular” Loosen Auslesen of the vintage. But it’s lovely nonetheless. Orange and muskmelon are mingled with decadent lily, headily sweet gardenia and musky peony both on the nose and on an expansive, glycerol-rich palate loaded with inner-mouth perfume. That perfume, like the wine’s ripe fruit flavors, lingers impressively, if without much animation. (This was bottled shortly after my late July 2017 visit.)
    91-92 points
    David Schildknecht - Vinous

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    2021 Eden Hall Springton Riesling
    Eden Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $19. 99 Bottle
    $239.88 Dozen
    Minimum 12 bottles
    Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2022-2028)
    ABV: 11.2%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Brilliant water like core with a distinct glimmer of green to the edges. Intense lime, green apple and citrus aromas marry into orange rind and subtle slatey mineral notes. Mouth watering lime juice, green apple and lemon flavours overlay talc and sherbet like characters with some steely minerality also apparent on the dry crisp finish. Concludes long and focused with some real lemon and lime zing.
    Drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Alc. 11.2%

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    2020 Eden Hall Reserve Riesling
    Eden Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $29. 99 Bottle
    $359.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
    ABV: 11.8%
    Closure: Stelvin
    Brilliant very pale straw almost water like colour with greenish tinged edges. Pronounced lime, citrus and orange rind scents dominate the nose with some chalky mineral and light talc notes also evident. Mouth watering lime and citrus fruits show excellent concentration with orange rind, talc and flinty mineral characters ensuing. Fullish in its feel, it finishes dry with crisp acidity and a long tangy aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Alc. 11.8%

    Other Reviews…..
    From the most outstanding single block of the vintage, planted 1996. Made by Phil Lehmann. A contrasting mood to Eden Hall's Springton, the intensity and tension of the season is encapsulated here. Spicy, wild lemon, lime and Granny Smith apple fill an expansive and generous style, holding a finish of considerable drive, persistence and promise. It holds both the richness and breadth for immediate appeal and the cool, focused acid energy to go long. Drink by 2030.
    94 points
    Tyson Stelzer – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion
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    2020 Egon Muller - Le Gallais Wiltinger Braune Kupp Spatlese Riesling
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $250. 00 Bottle
    $3000.00 Dozen
    ABV: 8.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Other Reviews....
    Even as we get to Spätlese level in the present collection, there is a delightfully cooling aspect to the 2020 Riesling Wiltinger Braune Kupp Spätlese A.P. #5 Le Gallais, here engendered by pear and honeydew melon laced with brown spices, but also lime, mint and basil. The buoyant midpalate impression is succulent as well as silken, with suggestions of quince preserves and marzipan emphasizing the ripeness and very lightly botrytized nature of the fruit without sacrificing the cooling elements or citric brightness. Somehow the lusciously lingering finish manages to be stimulating yet soothing and caressing. Citrus zest, cinnamon and mace serve for welcome counterpoint, but here is one of those rare instances at this address where I have the impression of slight excess sweetness that needs time to integrate. Drink 2024-2042.
    94 points
    David Schildknecht - Vinous

    Complex, red-apple and red-plum nose with delicate spice. Very ripe, but retains noble discretion, the succulence married to great structure. Long, creamy finish, in which the grape sweetness is already beautifully integrated. Drink or hold.
    95 points
    Stuart Pigott - JamesSuckling.com

    The 2020er Wiltinger braune Kupp Riesling Spätlese AP 05 was fermented down to sweet levels of residual sugar. It proves rather restrained and even reduced at first and needs quite some time to reveal some ripe, luscious, and very complex scents of pineapple, orange peel, mango, pear, a touch of quince, blackberry, almond cream, and a whiff of honey already lurking in the background. The wine proves highly fruity, smooth, and yet delicate on the palate but reveals a more spicy and herbal side in the focused, persistent, and intense finish. Sweetness still dominates the aftertaste of this wine with Auslese presence. This beauty will really only shine in a decade. Drink 2033-2060+.
    94 points
    Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines

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    2020 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $330. 00 Bottle
    $3960.00 Dozen
    ABV: 9%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Other Reviews....
    The “regular” 2020 Riesling Scharzhofberger Kabinett (bearing A.P. #3) leads with quince and peach accented by mint, cress, ginger and lemon, setting up an overall impression of coolness, but also of brightness, with stimulating cut and pungency analogous to that of the corresponding Braune Kupp. In the background is a greenhouse-like amalgam of flowers and foliage. The phenolic concentration here belies a vintage with relatively generous yields even as the efficacious acidity and levity defy preconceptions concerning a year marked by summer heat and drought. The multifaceted finish, transparent to wet stone underpinnings, is tongue-tinglingly vibrant. Here is a Riesling Kabinett to really grab and hold your attention even as it delivers consummate refreshment and a bit of thought-provoking intrigue to accompany its entertainment value. Drink 2021-2035.
    93 points
    David Schildknecht - Vinous

    Very youthful, cool and pristine, this is an extremely elegant sleek and focused Kabinett. Although analytically there must be quite a bit of unfermented grape sweetness here, you barely feel it, so uplifting is the mineral freshness that drives this joyful Saar riesling. Very long finish. Drink or hold.
    94 points
    Stuart Pigott - JamesSuckling.com

    The 2020er Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett was fermented down to barely fruity-styled levels of residual sugar. It offers a superbly refined and delicately herbal and zesty nose of white mint, vineyard peach, whipped almond cream, tangerine, orange blossom, and some fresher (green) elements. The wine starts off on the juicy and almost smooth side but progressively develops more cut as zesty and spicy elements join the party on the palate. The wine develops all the classic hallmarks of a Kabinett with energy and finesse and finesse in the finish and leaves one with a superbly focused and spicy feel in the off-dry aftertaste. This is quite a beauty! Drink 2028-2045.
    94 points
    Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines

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    • 92
    2020 Egon Muller Scharzhof Qualitats Riesling
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $110. 00 Bottle
    $1320.00 Dozen
    ABV: 10%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Other Reviews....
    Apple seed and apple wood accents lend decisive counterpoint on both nose and palate to the 2020 Riesling Scharzhof’s dominant, crunchy apple and zesty lemon fruit. Suggestions of apple blossom hover throughout. The feel is firm, and the lingering finish offers refreshment as well as stimulating cut and piquancy. (The source vineyards for this large cuvée are once again largely Saarburger Rausch, Wiltinger Braunfels and Oberemmeler Rosenberg.) Drink 2021-2029.
    89 points
    David Schildknecht - Vinous

    An off-dry riesling beauty with very attractive white-flower and white-fruit aromas, a hint of green-apple freshness lifting the medium-bodied palate. Precise balance at the long, clean finish. Drink or hold.
    92 points
    Stuart Pigott - JamesSuckling.com

    The 2020er Riesling Scharzhof is a fully off-dry wine made from Estate holdings in the Wiltinger Braunfels, Oberemmeler Rosenberg, and Saarburger Rausch. It offers a refined and subtly aromatic nose of herbs, yellow peach, apricot blossom, pear, lavender, floral elements, cassis, and whipped cream, all wrapped into some residual scents from the spontaneous fermentation. The wine proves delicately smooth and coats the palate with suave richness of yellow fruits. This fruity-smooth side then quickly gives way to a more focused and refreshing side in the long and well-delineated finish. The aftertaste is all about spices and citrusy fruits with just a light touch of richer flavors including apricot and pineapple. The 2020 rendition of the Scharzhof has the fruity side of traditional Kabinett wines at this Estate (also as the acid feeling is slightly lower) rather than the usual off-dry balance of recent years. Drink 2025-2040.
    90 points
    Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines

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    2019 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Spatlese
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $460. 00 Bottle
    $5520.00 Dozen
    ABV: 9%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Other Reviews....
    The 2019 Scharzhofberger Spätlese is brilliant, digitally precise and spicy on the clear, elegant, deep and terroir-typical nose with mango and papaya aromas. Tropical fruit aromas on the juicy, elegant, refined and seamless palate lead to a salty-piquant, mouth-watering and stimulating finish with great finesse and precision. This is Scharzhofberger at its very best and a Spätlese close to perfection! Tasted in April 2020.
    98 points
    Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate (Aug 2020)

    Yes, this is a medium-sweet riesling, but the breathtaking spectrum of fruit aromas, from white peach through to mangosteen, renders this almost irrelevant. And this aromatic complexity carries effortlessly the very succulent yet finely etched palate through the lingering, smoky finish.
    96 points
    Stuart Pigott - JamesSuckling.com

    The 2019er Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese AP 06 was fermented down to sweet levels of residual sugar. It offers a gorgeous and superbly subtle nose made of elderflower, grapefruit zest, apricot, almond cream, and subtly floral elements. The balance of the wine on the palate is simply stunning. Delicately creamy and incredibly subtle honeyed flavors of fruits are lifted up by some beautifully ripe acidity. The wine leaves a gorgeously airy, yet intense and persistent feel of almond cream in the long and gorgeously subtle sense of smoky slate, floral elements, ripe fruits, and fine spices. This gorgeous sweet wine has the delicate exotic presence of an Auslese GK at other Estates, but the finesse and subtlety are firmly that of a Spätlese. What an amazing success!
    97 points
    Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines

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    • 96
    2019 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett
    Mosel, GERMANY
    $340. 00 Bottle
    $4080.00 Dozen
    ABV: 9%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Other Reviews....
    Shimmering and pale but brilliant and slightly lime-greenish in color, the 2019 Scharzhofberger Kabinett is crystal clear and precise on the pure, fresh and coolish, highly refined and complex flinty-scented nose that is unmistakably Egon Müller's "regular" Scharzhofberger Kabinett (there is an Alte Reben bottling for the auction in September, too). Lush yet precise and enormously piquant and salty on the palate, it displays crisp white stone fruit aromas and the crystalline mineral nerviness of the iron-rich gray slate soils that eat up the residual sugar easily so that the taste is just electrifying and salty yet not really sweet. This is a frisky, mouthwateringly salty and piquant Riesling of remarkable precision, finesse and elegance, with picture-book tension for Kabinett. The finish is highly stimulating and incomparable. I dare to say that this Kabinett is my favorite this year due to its precision and coolish, precise nature. Tasted from AP 3-20 in April and June 2020.
    96 points
    Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate (Aug 2020)

    So sharply focussed and really concentrated for this category. Stunning mineral freshness illuminates the succulent fruit like a laser beam shining on a diamond. Great potential.
    95 points
    Stuart Pigott - JamesSuckling.com

    The 2019er Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett was fermented down to barely fruity-styled levels of residual sugar. This bright-white colored wine offers a rather subtle and, at the beginning, even shy nose driven by reduction. After a little airing, absolutely textbook flavors of white peach, white flowers, and slate emerge from the glass. These classic flavors for a Scharzhofberger carry over onto the palate, where they are joined by some zesty acidity and a gorgeous touch of whipped cream. Everything is simply in balance and this sense of completeness also drives the gorgeous finish and after-taste. This hugely impressive Kabinett is without doubt one of the finest at this Estate over the last few years!
    96+ points
    Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines

    • 94
    • Organic
    2021 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling
    Frankland River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $47. 99 Bottle
    $575.88 Dozen
    ABV: 13.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Other Reviews....
    Flavour in the acidity. That’s what it’s all about here. The lines are very straight and ultra direct but they are more than that; they are conduits. Lime, talc, mandarin and florals with something almost jibe in the centre of the palate there. A trail of gun smoke enters the aftertaste. This is excellent. Drink 2022 - 2032+
    94 Points
    Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front (April 2022)

    Light straw-yellow colour. Pungent passionfruit and lychee aromas, cool-grown aromas, while the palate is concentrated, just off-dry and tangy with quite brisk acidity and again a lot of tropical, passionfruity flavours. There's a lick of tannin, which brings a touch of bitterness that all lingers on the very long aftertaste. Very attractive and a little bottle-age might bring more fluency. It certainly has intensity and powerful fruit.
    94 Points
    Huon Hooke - The Real Review (February 2022)

    Notes from winery....
    The 2021 harvest will be remembered for the perfect spring conditions leading into the ripening period. With the return to a “normal” picking date (starting on 19th March), we harvested excellent white grapes – gratefully accepting generous cropping levels after two small vintages in 2019 and 2020. With bunch sizes and volumes back to normal levels we saw ripening slowly evolve and build some wonderful fruit flavour and concentration. Thus it’s a very exciting release.
    Hunter Smith - Frankland Estate

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Riesling in Australia.

Riesling is thought to have been introduced to New South Wales in the 1830s by the Macarthur's (pioneers of the Australian wool industry). German settlers brought the variety to the Barossa Valley in South Australia in the 1850's where the grape flourished. It's since found many new homes, such as Mt. Barker in Western Australia, the Clare Valley in South Australia, as well as Central and Southern Victoria. A tightrope of fruit and racy acidity when young, age-worthy examples develop honey and toast characteristics, sometimes accompanied by a distinct 'kerosene' note. Generally suited to cooler climates, examples from Grosset, Petaluma, Wilson Polish Hill, Dukes, Western Australia and Best's Great Western, Victoria are all worth seeking out.

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