Four very fine Rieslings: Germany, Italy and New Zealand

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Four very fine Rieslings: Germany, Italy and New Zealand


It seems to be a bit of a season for Riesling. Here are notes from four bottles tried a while back which I have found in a notebook, and feel compelled to write up now because they just deserve to be written up.

Wittmann Morstein Riesling GG Trocken 2009 Rheinhessen, Germany
13.5% alcohol. From limestone soils, this is a remarkable wine, even from a rather warm vintage like 2009. It’s lively, mineral and spicy with precision and richness in nice tension. There’s lovely citrus and pear fruit with some herby notes. It’s rich but quite dry, and really compelling. 93/100

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Van Volxem Wiltinger Gottesfuss Alte Reben Erste Lage 2009 Mosel, Germany
With rich melon and herb notes, this is a textured Riesling showing nice depth and some fine spicy notes. It’s rich, intense and very attractive with lovely density of fruit. 93/100


Falkenstein Riesling Vinschgau Val Venosta 2011 Sudtirol, Italy
I don’t know much about this wine, but it’s brilliant. Focused, fresh and precise with lovely herb and pear and white peach fruit, as well as notes of citrus and spice. Textured and rich with a hint of sweetness, showing some waxy notes, but never giving up its freshness and precision. 94/100

Mountford Liaison Riesling 2013 Waipara, New Zealand
The debut vintage of new winemaker Theo Coles. Fine, expressive and detailed a lemony nose and lovely freshness. Notes of melon and spice with lovely texture and detail on the palate. Really compelling. 94/100

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