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Home Winners > Winners 2020 > Riesling - Rest of the New World

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Riesling - Rest of the New World

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

‘These New Zealand Rieslings are definitely looking at food; the slightly off-dry, food-friendly styles go well with Asian cuisine. There’s enough sweetness to balance out those light spice notes.’ Tom Forrest, team leader

‘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

‘We were particularly excited about the Rest of the New World flight, but I don’t think it delivered as expected. There were generally good varietal expressions, but it felt at times that they were overworked and too forced. Even though the varietal expressions were quite well defined, they didn’t have a sense of place.’ Olivier Marie, team leader

‘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 15 wines

New World: Riesling

Stratus, Charles Baker, Picone, Riesling 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Canada

Gold medal winner

'A great aristocratic nose, with a beautifully textured palate, and some development showing.' Olivier Marie, team leader. 'A good expression of Riesling from the region, with pronounced stone fruit, petrol and flint notes, and a creamy texture with lovely refreshing acidity. Perfect for a restaurant wine list, and an excellent choice for food-and-wine-matching flights.' Sara Rossi, Trinity Restaurant.

£20.82 Bibendum

Yealands Estate, Single Vineyard, Late Pick Riesling 2019, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand

Gold medal winner

'This opens with elderflower, melon, lychee and lime fruit, as well as some yellow flowers. Medium sweetness is balanced well with high acidity, giving a honeyed mouthfeel and a long finish.' Savvas Symeonidis, Goodman Restaurant Mayfair. 'Auslese-style, with a very expressive floral nose.' Lukas Nikanorovas, 20 Stories. 'A real crowd-pleaser that would go well with sweet and savoury dishes.' Jan Konetzki, team leader.

£12.03 Enotria&Coe

Château Ste Michelle, Eroica, Riesling 2017, Washington State, USA

Silver medal winner

'When sweet and savoury meet in harmony... This is a well-structured Riesling with everything so well balanced, from the residual sugar to the acidity, with its savoury hints alongside stone fruit. Really quite enjoyable.' Timothy Connor, Heddon Street Kitchen. 'Full of fruit character, and with a lovely, long finish.' Salvatore Russo, The Hippodrome Casino.

£19.00 Enotria&Coe

Foley Family Vineyards, Te Kairanga, Riesling 2018, Martinborough, New Zealand

Silver medal winner

'This is great value for money, with lots of lemon, lime and orange blossom notes, a floral touch and a petrol note, leading to a bone-dry palate that's refreshing and crisp.' Immacolata Cannavo, Hakkasan Mayfair. 'Pretty jasmine florals and mandarin pith, with the slightest touch of residual to bring the palate together well. A great example of the style.' James Fryer, team leader.

£10.69 Matthew Clark

Peregrine Wines, Riesling 2018, Central Otago, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

'Great, with well-defined primary flavours of apple and pear, and a complex floral note. There's generous texture on the palate, with a lime note coming through on the finish. Nice balance.' Joshua Castle, Noble Rot. 'This is showing some nice layers of citrus, with some super-appetising bitterness lingering.' Jan Konetzki, team leader.

£17.24 Enotria&Coe

Prophet's Rock, Dry Riesling 2017, Central Otago, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

'Rich and ripe, with some baked stone fruit and papaya together with some well-integrated acidity, as well as golden fruits and brown pear. This really stands out in this lineup, bringing something different. I see this being a good hand sell in an upscale restaurant.' James Fryer, team leader.

£21.44 Bibendum

Mt Difficulty, Target Gully, Riesling 2015, Central Otago, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

'Mineral at first, with those lovely petrol notes just starting to develop alongside zesty tropical and stone fruit, as well as some lime, embraced gracefully by some sweetness.' Savvas Symeonidis, Goodman Restaurant Mayfair. 'Some stony, petrol mineral notes and some sweetness, with a fresh finish of honey-dipped apples and pears with a dusting of spice.' Tom Forrest, team leader.

£12.75 Ellis of Richmond

Charles Smith, Kung Fu Girl, Riesling 2017, Washington State, USA

Commended medal winner

£12.46 Bibendum

Ceres, Black Rabbit, Riesling 2018, Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£16.28 Matthew Clark

Emiliana, Novas, Gran Reserva, Riesling, Organic 2019, Bío-Bío Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£7.70 Boutinot

Lake Chalice, The Falcon, Riesling 2019, Marlborough, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

Brooks, Dry Riesling 2017, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

Commended medal winner

£14.40 Ester Wines

Nathan Kendall, Riesling 2017, Finger Lakes, New York State, USA

Commended medal winner

£19.53 Top Selection

Humberto Canale, Riesling 2015, Patagonia, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£12.77 Enotria&Coe

Huia, Single Vineyard, Riesling 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£13.13 Bibendum

 

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