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Riesling - Australia

First of all, we got fewer entries in the Riesling category than we’ve had here over the past couple of years, and secondly, no country really took this category by the scruff of the neck.

Both of these factors are surprising. Somms love Riesling, so it should be an attractive category to enter, while the lack of consistently good winemaking is puzzling. The Kiwis have generally been talking a rather better game than they’ve delivered, while Australia, which usually does well here, recorded its lowest Gold count since 2015.

On the plus side, our tasters enjoyed the food-matching options of the medal-winning wines and, since they often had a bit of extra age on them, they were pretty impressive value for money. In other words, there are good wines here – just not as many as we’d have hoped. It’s not a bad performance, but a category that ought to be moving on to the next level seems to be rather stuck.

From The Tasting Teams

‘There was lots of typicity [from Australia], and the entry level through to the mid-range was pretty good.’ Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns

‘I thought the quality was really high, with a variety of styles, and it’s nice to see a few grams of sugar to balance what’s often a searing style.’ Joshua Castle, Noble Rot

‘There were some bone-dry styles, and some that were much sweeter. I think there’s space for both of them, but more on the off-dry and dry side, rather than the more sweet.’ Immacolata Cannavo, Hakkasan Mayfair

‘There’s definitely a spot for these in restaurants, but for gastro pubs it would be a tough sell.’ Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns

‘If you can get something with five years bottle of age that’s a treat. And not for silly money at all.’ Martin Lam, team leader

Award winners

Found 9 wines

New World: Riesling, Australia

St Hallett, Riesling 2017, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia

Gold medal winner

'Complex, ripe notes of both fresh and candied lime, apricot and peach, entwined with big mineral aromas and well-integrated acidity.'
Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns.

'This is true to the region, with lime juice, smoke and a slight saltiness to the palate.'
Elena Serban, Heritage Restaurant.

'Pear and apple on the nose, with floral honeysuckle notes on the palate, and fruit intensity balancing the acidity.'
Luma Monteiro, Wineria.

£15.67 Matthew Clark

Smalltown Vineyards, Rag & Bone, Riesling 2019, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

'This is a wine that speaks about its region, with lime juice, jasmine flower and some spiciness. Clean and sharp overall.'
Elena Serban, Heritage Restaurant.

'With good aroma complexity of citrus and tropical fruits, this is light, refreshing and ready to drink now - a good entry-level Riesling for a gastropub.'
Sara Rossi, Trinity Restaurant.

£8.90 Boutinot

Paulett Vineyards, Polish Hill River, Riesling 2019, Clare Valley , Australia

Bronze medal winner

'Opening with some crisp and fresh lemon, lime and peach notes, this has a lovely mineral backbone with some vibrant acidity.'
Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns.

'Super-typical, with notes of lemon pith and powerful, broad acidity leading to a lime-skin note on the crisp, clean finish. Not too bad on the price point either.'
James Fryer, team leader.

£9.85 Ellis of Richmond

Plan B, OD, Riesling 2018, Great Southern, Western Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

'This has a good aroma of tropical fruit with a touch of petrol, followed by some residual sugar and slightly petillance on the palate. A full-bodied Riesling that would work well for pairing during a meal. A great option for restaurants.'
Sara Rossi, Trinity Restaurant.

'White flowers, lime juice and good persistence.'
Elena Serban, Heritage Restaurant.

£10.67 Lanchester Wines

Heirloom, Riesling 2019, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

'A really interesting wine that really stands out for its complexity, with a lemon balm note joining some pretty citrus and verbena, as well as eucalyptus and fennel.'
James Fryer, team leader.

'A delicate aroma of peach and apricot, with more fruit coming through on the palate with a pronounced floral note.'
Luma Monteiro, Wineria.

£29.40 Heirloom Vineyards

Egon Müller, Kanta, Riesling 2015, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

'Some elegant ripe fruit here, with apple, stone fruit and citrus joined by some mineral aromas and a petrol note. This has a great, soft texture with a fruit-led mineral finish.'
Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns.

'This is ageing very gracefully, with very subtle hints of petrol. Very good for a serious list.'
Martin Lam, team leader.

£16.75 Top Selection

Dandelion Vineyards, Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley, Riesling 2019, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£10.62 Liberty Wines

Jim Barry Wines, The Florita, Riesling 2017, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

Rieslingfreak, No. 4, Riesling 2019, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

£13.26 Bibendum