Four Points Riesling
Sweet Euro HistoryRiesling is a light skinned white wine grape with roots that literally sit on the Franco-German border and centuries old vineyards France’s Alsace region bears out this historic fact. The grape is a cross between French grape Gouais Blanc and another still untraceable grape. The grape thrives in cool climates, ripening early and in the right conditions, achieves a brilliant balance of vibrant fruit and pleasing acidity which, like Pinot Noir, is hard to come by in all but very few regions. Riesling stands out in the constellation of white wines as one that produces a range of distinct dry and sweet styles. The dry wines taste of apple, citrus and lemon peel with hints of minerality while sweeter versions express notes of pear and nectarine. Germany’s Mosel Valley and France’s border region of Alsace are the leading old world exponents while Australia leads the new world in having successfully adapted Riesling to sunnier climes.
While its origins have been a subject of Franco-German debate, there’s no argument about where the world’s best Riesling gets made. Germany’s Mosel is where it’s at. Riesling lords over Mosel’s slate and mineral rich vineyards that sit alongside the Mosel river, tapering sharply into its banks. The iconic region is blessed with continental climate and topography of steeply sloped vineyards that given the grapes ideal amount of sunshine. The slate rich soil retains heat from the day and warm up the wines at during the cold night. The results glisten in the classic Mosel Riesling that beam with intense floral aromas, crisp acidity and minerality.
German Riesling styles have an incredible range spanning bone dry to unctuously sweet. Germany takes its wine classification very seriously under which one can find dry Rieslings (Trocken), off dry (Halbtrocken), sweet wines (Kabinett) and intensely sweet ferments (Spätlese). Rieslings from the family estates of St. Urbans-Hof and Kesselstatt for many years now and we invite to savour them finest Germanic Rieslings from our handpicked selection.