The Tutored Tasting group met on Monday 4th of March for a tasting of different Rieslings. I tried to select what I thought would be an interesting range of different expressions of the grape, from Old World and New and from dry to sweet. One thing that was missing was an example with more than five years’ of ageing, which was perhaps a shame.

Here are some notes on the six wines, partly mine, but mostly Laurie’s with Laurie’s accompanying scoring:


  1. Tinpot Hut, Barker Vineyard Riesling, 2018 – 11% – Brigitte Bordeaux, £17.90

This wine comes from the Marlborough producer, Tinpot Hut. Cool peachy notes but a hint of green acidity reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc; a soda prickle too. Palate is mouth puckeringly sharp with a warm lime acidity and a slightly redcurrant and tropical fruit Sauvignon Blanc hint again – a slightly herby tinge and a hint of sweetness but maybe needs a bit more time in the bottle for all of its elements to become more integrated. Not a typical Riesling, but an interesting Marlborough take on the grape.
13 points

  1. Chateau Ste. Michelle, Eroica, Columbia Valley Riesling, 2016 – 12% – Brigitte, £23.80

This wine, the result of collaboration between Washington state’s founding winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Germany’s Dr Loosen, is credited with leading a Riesling renaissance in the USA. This wine is more obviously Riesling on the nose than the previous wine with aromas of confectionery fruit and the palate too is rather sweet with a candied citrus peel quality, some lime and saline minerality.
13.5 points

  1. Dandelion Vineyards, Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley Riesling, 2016 – 11% – Brigitte Bordeaux, £14.50

A New World Riesling from Eden Valley, an area that along with Clare Valley, has become the Australian home for this grape. Not uncommon in Eden and Clare Valley Riesling, there is fairly pronounced diesel on the nose. and lime on the palate. The palate is very drying, limey and rather hard with a chalky minerality and a bitter pithy quality. Maybe not yet focused – or maybe grapes picked a little early..
13 points

  1. Trimbach, Riesling 2016

This Riesling is from Alsace and the Trimbach family, whose wine-making history dates back to 1626. The nose is very quiet to begin with but opens to hint at floral, citrus and peachy notes. The palate has a citrus line that supports a vaguely peach fruit – seems a bit young and opens with time as a well-balanced and mouth-watering example.
15 points

  1. Weingut Tesch, Queen of Whites, 2016

This Riesling is from the Nahe region of Germany. The nose is rather soda-ish again and palate has a slightly fizzy quality. Off-dry with flavours of green apple and some peach and honey on the palate. Mouth-watering acidity but quite short on the finish.
13.5 points

  1. Paulinshof, Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese, 2014.

This final wine is from arguably the most highly regarded Riesling producing region in the world, the Mosel in Germany. Hints of soon-to-be-diesel, elderflower and citrus. The palate is sweet (4 x as much sugar as any other) against which a citric warm acidity, white-peach fruit and a counterpointing slatey minerality weave an alluring pattern. As often with Mosel wines, the higher sweetness seems to liberate the complexity in the acidity, fruit, mineral.
16 points

Outright favourite of the night was the Paulinshof Spätlese. In second place, the Trimbach.

I also have the Paulinshof ‘Urstuck Riesling Trocken’ in the shop but in the interests of diversity, it didn’t make it to the tasting – perhaps it should have done as an interesting comparison… One to look forward to trying another time!

Thanks all for coming. See you again soon,

Kathryn. x