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Riesling is a grape you either love to love or love to hate. Those who love Riesling appreciate it for its pronounced aromatics and food-friendliness. Sweeter style Rieslings make a perfect accompaniment to spicy dishes, such as Asian foods. The often overlooked drier styles of Riesling pair well with light meats and fish.
The most common response Sommeliers hear when they ask a customer if they like Riesling is, “No. I don’t like sweet wines.” It’s true that Riesling is often vinified to leave residual sugar. This practice is integral to balancing the high acid of the grape, especially when grown in cooler climates. However, there are many examples of dry Riesling wines that may just change your mind about the grape.
How to Find A Dry Riesling
When looking for a drier style Riesling, look for one with moderate levels of alcohol (e.g. 11% ABV and above). An ABV of 9%, for example, usually indicates that not all the sugars were converting into alcohol, leaving some leftover in the form of residual sugar. Beyond just alcohol level, there are a few regions that specialize in making dry Riesling in particular:
The Clare Valley is the home of Australia's finest Rieslings. Winemaker Rod Hooper "wrote the book" on how to produce organic & preservative free wines. He pioneered the technique to produce preservative free wines that eliminated the sulphites that are problematic for many wne consumers.
A fragrant Riesling with orange blossom & lime notes, delicate yet elegant palate with lemon & lime flavours finishing with crisp clean natural acidity. Produced from Organic Riesling (certified by NASAA) grown in the Clare Valley.
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A fragrant Riesling with orange blossom & lime notes, delicate yet elegant palate with lemon and lime flavours finishing with crisp clean natural acidity. Produced from Organic Riesling (certified by NASAA) grown in the Clare Valley.