Riesling Q & A with Ray Nadeson
What is Riesling?
Riesling is a grape variety not to be confused with a wine style.
Just like Golden Delicious and Granny Smith are varieties of apples, Riesling is a variety.
Isn’t Riesling sweet?
No! Not always. Riesling can be made from bone dry to downright sticky. This one is just off dry. I like to leave a touch of natural sugar to help balance out the high levels of natural acidity in the variety.
What can you pair with Riesling?
Just about everything! It pairs very well with Asian food, and sometimes with another bottle of Riesling.
Is it true that Rieslings age well?
Yes. Because of their high acidity and intense flavour the best Rieslings can have a very long life, aging gracefully for 15 to 20+ years. I would hope this to be true for the one you hold in your hand.
96 points, Halliday 2019 Wine Companion
“Ripe quince, nashi pear and red apple notes are punctuated by apricot pith, sluicing across the palate on cylinders of juicy, natural acidity and a bit of pucker. Long. Emphatic. Textural. This is complex Riesling of an effortless intensity, seldom experienced on these shores. Palpably dry, with just a lick of sweetness to tame the acidic DNA of the variety.”