Brilliant Riesling stands out

Pewsey Vale Riesling 2010, Eden Valley
Pewsey Vale Riesling 2010, Eden Valley

It broke the bank, but every fancy mouthful was worth it

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I have been really lucky over the past few weeks to go to some brilliant wine tastings and sample some really outstanding wine. But the one variety that has stood out has been Riesling.

It is one of the really noble white grape varieties and responsible for some of the great white wines of the world. Not only that, it offers different styles from bone dry to off dry to dessert wines.

It also has the ability to age and take on fantastic complexity, I tasted a 1981 Pewsey Vale Riesling from Australia last week, which was an amazing wine.

Domaines Schlumberger ‘Saering’ Riesling 2007, Alsace (slurp.co.uk, £18.95) is wonderful Alsace Grand Cru with citrus and minerals, full-bodied and dry.

Top tipple

Pewsey Vale Riesling 2010, Eden Valley

When you taste this wine you need to think lemon and limes with almost a dusting of sherbert. Intensely flavoured and with a lovely balance.

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