Geography Germany, France (mainly Alsace),
Eastern Europe, Northern Italy and
Viticulture France's Alsace region—in the
rain shadow of the Vosges Mountains,
with long, sunny, dry summers—is
ideal terroir for Riesling. The
slopes of North West Germany, e.g.,
above the Mosel river, also provide
Varietal/Blend Occasionally used in blending,
but the vast majority of Riesling
is used as a varietal.
& Character Can produce powerful wines of
excellent quality and elegance.
Flavour hints include green apple,
lime, apricot and honey.
Vinification German Riesling is much higher
in alcohol as it is fermented until
virtually dry. Sometimes
a sweet unfermented must is added
just before filtration and bottling.
Style Styles range from light and
crisp to headily rich and sweet.
Dry/Sweet Ranges from delicate, dry, light
bodied wines to ''noble rot'' infected
dessert wines. Ages beautifully.
Notes Riesling accounts for approximately
20% of Germany's wine output and
produces some of the country's finest
wines. Not to be confused with the
inferior Laski Rizling.
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