Over the past couple of years I have really come to enjoy Riesling, slightly sweet and rich, bone dry and mineral driven and somewhere in between, Rieslings are a truly fabulous wine. I have had a couple of Rieslings in the past two weeks that are on pretty opposite ends of the spectrum, although not as far apart as the could be. One, is the 2003 Pewsey Vale “The Contours” and the other was the 2007 S.A. Prum Blue Slate Kabinett. The first from the Eden Valley in Australia and second from the Mosel in Germany, far away in latitude as well as taste.
Region: Eden Valley Australia
Nose: Mineral, lime, citrus, touch of honey
Taste: hints of peach with lime and slate
Mouthfeel: crisp and razor sharp, bone dry
Finish: loads of minerality, lasting for a while
Region: Mosel, Germany
Nose: petrol, smoke, peach pits, tangerine
Taste: honey, violets, peach, mineral, petrol
Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied, good acid and slightly spicy, but round and lush in the mid palette
Finish: layers of residual sweetness and floral fruitiness
Both from great vintages of their respective regions, both of these wines are still young but are drinking great now. The first is bone dry and can be summed up as drinking a limeade out of a stone cup. The second, a classic German Riesling complete with rich fruitiness, just the right amount of sweetness and petrol to round out the aromatic and flavor profile.
The S.A. Prum is pretty widely available but the Pewsey Vale is harder to find, grab either one if you are in the mood for a good Rielsing.