All things Riesling
The venue Peninsula, (Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands) was the place to be early last month for the biennial Riesling Downunder event. Riesling is claimed by many to be the best and most noble of white varieties, yet quite often found on the market at very keen prices (not that I am complaining). Who would have thought 10 years ago that wine trade and general consumers from around the world would gather for three days (8th to 10th February) to sample, drink, discuss and workshop all things Riesling.
There are a number of importers and distributors offering the best of the best from Austria, Alsace, Germany, New Zealand and the USA. Patrick Walsh, owner of CellarHand stands out with an incredible offering of no less than 10 producers from overseas, each offering superb Riesling reflective of terroir and varietal character. Whilst the events I attended over the three days were amazing in themselves, it was the Single Site Symposium organised by CellarHand that was my highlight of the program with visiting winemakers from Austria, Alsace, Germany, Clare Valley and Frankland River pouring their wine and sharing their passion.
Highlights from this tasting included the following wines below:
- Heymann Lowenstein Winninger Uhlen Laubach 2013 (Mosel, Germany)
- Georg Breuer Rauenthaler Nonnenberg 2007 (Rheingau, Germany)
- Dr Loosen Erdener Pralat Auslese Goldkapsel 2009 (Mosel, Germany)
- Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Spatlese 2013 (Nahe, Germany)
- Wittmann Wsethofener Morstein Grosses Gewachs 2013 (Rheinhessen, Germany)
- Gunderloch Nackenheimer Rothenberg Grosses Gewachs (Rheinhessen, Germany)
- A.Christmann Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad Grosses Gewachs 2009 (Pfalz, Germany)
- Koehler-Ruprecht Kallstadter Saumagen Auslese 2007 (Pfalz, Germany)
- FX Pichler Durnsteiner Kellerberg Smaragd 2013 (Wachau, Austria)
- Brundlmayer Zobinger Heiligenstein Lyra 2012 (Kamptal, Austria)
- Stadt Krems Grillenparz DAC Reserve 2013 (Kremstal, Austria)
- Paul Blanck & Fils Schlossberg Grand Cru 2010 (Schlossberg, Alsace)
- Frankland Estate Smith Cullam 2013 (Frankland River, WA)
- clos Clare Watervale 2008 (Clare Valley, SA)
The event is held every two years, so you will have to wait until 2017 for the next Riesling Downunder.