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14 November 2014 | Wine Education | Ben Riggs

[Ein] Riesing to the occasion – so what’s the difference between our two Riesling's?

For those of you unaware, there are typically four different styles of Riesling: traditional dry citrusy Australian, rich ripe slightly oily Alsatian, fine tangy low alcohol German, as well as the sweeter German-style.

In my range, I offer two Rieslings quite distinct from one another. Firstly, we have the Watervale Riesling, a traditional Australian dry style grown in the Clare Valley.  Clare Valley Riesling is one of the leaders of the world’s Riesling collection; my preference being for the Watervale subregion which produces fuller richer Aussie styles. This wine is more about the richness of the grape with lovely floral fruit. So go ahead, sip on this perky little number and be dazzled by its lifted citrus persuasions balanced by full fruit sweetness.

Secondly, I offer you the Ein Riese Riesling, a German off-dry style which was my first introduction to Riesling. My parents tended to drink this style, and its actually the first I ever tried and what started my love affair with wine. After years of bemoaning the loss of this style, I decided in 2004 to give it a go myself and was one of only three producers in Australia (that I could find) to make it.

After years of damage control by telling everyone that “Riesling is dry”, when the industry tried hard to kill off Riesling by calling generic sweet wine Riesling (even though not a grape of Riesling went near the cheap sweet cask and flagons), I decided to swim against the tide and release a Mr. Riggs German Style Riesling in all of its inspiring awe. My staff christened this wine the ‘Ein Riese’ (German word for “Giant”), partly due to my stature and also because I truly believe that it is one of the superior figures amongst all other wine styles.

The Ein Riese is delicate and floral on the nose, but take a sip and be transported to your happy place – the mix of sweetness and tang with a superb length of flavour slips down easily and ends with a bright, crunchy finish. It’s possibly one of my favourite creations. Pair it with spicy food, as an aperitif (or hold on and use it in our November recipe from In the Kitchen with Mr. Riggs Monday 24th November).

Give my Riesling’s a try, I know you will love them and they are absolutely perfect for this warmer weather. King of the Grapes.



Helen-Mary's Gravatar
@ 14/11/2014 at 6:27 PM
One of my fave wines.Love it.

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