Don’t worry if you get slight aromas of four-star wafting around the fruity fragrances – petrol is a component of the perfume profile of many rieslings.
Down Under debate
Australians used to label their Hunter Valley Semillon as Rhine Riesling. An agreement with Europe in the late Eighties put a stop to this, but many Aussies remain confused as to why their favourite home-grown riesling is now a semillon.
Riesling in its sweet incarnation has been much maligned, but the authentic sweet German versions – ie Auslese and Trockenbeerenauslese rather than Piesporter – are among the great wines of the world. The grape’s acidity, balanced by unctuous, silky-sweet flavours, stops these stickies from being, well, too sticky. It also gives them incredible ageing potential.
This article was published on 8th August 2011 so certain details may not be up to date.