I’ve given up on waiting for Riesling to be the next big thing to be honest. Let’s face it! Winemakers love it but the majority of wine drinkers simply aren’t getting into it anytime soon.
The fear of choosing a sticky or bone dry Riesling when you’re after the opposite is probably the reason or maybe the name just isn’t as sexy as Sav or Gris. Add in terms like Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese and you’ve lost most wine drinkers anyway.
If you’re keen to learn a bit more about this complex varietal, make sure you check out this handy 5 Minute guide to Riesling by ClubW.
The best way to get into Riesling is obviously by sipping it and here are some great value wines alongside a yummy autumnal treat to get you started on your Riesling journey.
Sip Riesling with Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
1 | Made by a Kiwi Icon
Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling 2017 | $18
The Allan Scott’s “Moorlands” block directly surrounds the winery and it contains some of the oldest Riesling vines in Marlborough. With some being nearly 30 years of age it’s no surprise that they’re producing consistently exceptional wines.
This dry to medium-dry Riesling showcases all hallmark characteristics for this aromatic varietal. Floral, citrus and tropical notes, beautifully balanced with racy acidity.
2 | Trophy Tipple
Giesen Marlborough/Waipara Riesling 2016 | $15
The Giesen brothers have been successfully producing Riesling since 1984 in New Zealand so it’s fair to say that they have it down pat by now.
With fruit from their Marlborough and Waipara vineyards, this juicy tipple hits the sweet spot for a lot of wine lover around the country. But its medium-sweet style has also won over the judges of numerous shows over the years, enticing them with its fine balance of crisp acidity, intense mandarin and lime flavours paired with fragrant citrus blossom.
3 | Set in Stone
Giesen Gemstone Limited Edition Marlborough Riesling 2017 | $20
A unique single vineyard Riesling from Giesen’s Eden Valley Vineyard in the lower Waihopai Valley from vines with over 20 years of age. A quarter of the blend has been fermented and matured in granite tanks, giving the wine not only its name but also its subtle smokiness, partly because there is less oxygen in these unique stone tanks.
While still embracing all typical Riesling characteristics including citrus and floral aromas and flavours paired with a racy acidity, its smokiness truly sets it apart from other wines, making it not only a limited-edition but a must-sip tipple.
Sip these Riesling alongside Apple Cinnamon Pancakes, a perfect autumn afternoon treat…
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
For the batter combine:
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 eggs
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Bake the pancakes with a bit of butter in a pan. Once baked and transferred to a plate, generously spread stewed apple or apple sauce on them. To serve add more cinnamon and maple syrup to taste.