Along with Chardonnay, Riesling is one of the top white grapes in the world. It is an aromatic grape that can produce dry to very sweet dessert wines. It is most popular in Germany, Alsace and Austria, but excellent varietal wines can be found throughout the world including in Australia and New York. Riesling-based wines typically express notes of apple, citrus, honey and petrol. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Riesling among our extensive Riesling wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Riesling reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Riesling, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.
Lush aromas of mango and lychee are contradicted by the austere structure of this wine. The acidity is severe and the finish, though it shows some nice nut tones, ends on a drying note. Drink now.
Pale lemon color. There’s a slightly resinous nose with strong earthy overtones and hints of citrus. Racy, almost tart and a bit jagged across the palate. Moderate flavor intensity of lemon and grapefruit sherbet. Lacks some flesh, and finishes a touch short.
Always a pleasant sipper, the Jacob’s Creek Riesling offers scents of cream and baking bread on a base of key lime. It’s crisp and straightforward in the mouth, with a slight spritz and a short lemon-grapefruit finish. Drink now to 2011.
Hogue’s Late Harvest Riesling is an odd duck. In most usage, late harvest indicates a dessert-style wine with considerable sweetness. Here it seems more like a mass-market, tasting room wine. It’s simple, off-dry, and a little papery in the finish.
A disappointing effort from this stalwart Clare Valley producer, but still a good wine, with pretty aromas of crushed stone, mint and lime. The mint becomes more medicinal on the palate, veering toward camphor or menthol, while retaining a citrusy edge and decent length.
A curiously textured wine, with dry stone fruit characters, missing some of the aromatic virtues of Riesling. That said, it has good freshness, white currant acidity and a light, crisp finish. Screwcap.
Uncharacteristically earthy and spicy for a Mosel wine, with flavors of loam accented by musky spice notes. It’s off dry in style yet relatively broad on the palate, again setting itself apart from the mainstream.