Top 10 Riesling Producers

GDP puts together his list of the best producers of this fine wine

 


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Grosset

I have to admit that I am a sucker for dry Rieslings. It’s something that is often hard to wrap one’s head around. One of my epiphanies with dry Riesling happened with, of all things, Grosset’s Polish Hill Riesling. Before you faint and loose interest here, yes, this is Australian Riesling, but it can be phenomenal and embodies all that is great with Australian Riesling.

At their best, Australia’s Rieslings are wonderfully dry, complex and fruity yet soil-driven wines with the ability to age well for a pair of decades. They are also cheap, which makes socking away a mixed case every year or so a pleasure to do!

Grosset produces two distinct Rieslings, the better known Polish Hill ($48), which is all mineral and lemon zest, and the rarely seen Springvale Watervale, which shows more floral perfumes. There are also off dry and dessert style Rieslings, but I can’t recall ever trying them.
 

Top 10 Riesling Producers

1.
Dönnhoff H. Riesling Auslese Gold Cap Nahe Oberhäuser Brücke (2005)
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Hermann Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese (2004)
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3.
Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese Weingut Hermann Dönnhoff-Oberhausen (2008)
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4.
Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Riesling Spätlese Ürziger Würzgarten (2010)
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5.
Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Riesling Spatlese Erdener Treppchen (2003)
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6.
Riesling Gka Graacher Himmelreich Jj Prum (2010)
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7.
Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling Auslese Graacher Himmelreich (2003)
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8.
Weingut Robert Weil Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken (2011)
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9.
Weingut Robert Weil Riesling Spätlese Kiedricher Gräfenberg (2005)
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10.
Grosset Riesling Clare Valley Polish Hill (2009)
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11.
Springvale Watervale Riesling 20 Grosset £ Premier
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12.
Trimbach Riesling Alsace Aoc Cuvée M (2009)
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13.
Albert Boxler Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Aoc E Sommerberg (2007)
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14.
Albert Boxler Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Aoc Brand (2006)
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15.
F.X. Pichler Riesling Federspiel Urgestein Terrassen (2008)
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16.
Fx Pichler Durnsteiner Hollerin Riesling Smaragd (2007)
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17.
Pichler F X Riesling Durnsteiner Kellerberg Smaragd (2005)
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18.
Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Hollerin (2006)
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19.
Weingut Leo Alzinger Loibner Steinertal Riesling Smaragd Wachau (2007)
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20.
Ried Höhereck Riesling Smaragd Weingut Leo Alzinger Austria (2007)
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21.
Dry Reserve Riesling (2007)
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