(2021) Bott-Geyl farms organically and this Riesling is organic- and biodynamic-certified. Aromatically it has a touch of kerosene and beeswax, distinctively Riesling, with some floral notes and the crunch of juicy apples. In the mouth, is it just off-dry? Certainly the finish is dry and balanced, but there is a sweetness to the fruit on the mid-palate certainly, with a free-flowing clear fruit profile that gives way to a pithy citrus edge in the finish.
(2021) From Washington State, high on the US West Coast against the Canadian border, this off-dry Riesling opens with lime and orange, more tropical-tinged citrus aromas, and a touch of waxiness. The sweetness on the palate sits against a little flinty character, with nicely judged limey acidity fir a balanced finish.
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(2021) From the Waipara Valley in Canterbury on the South Island, vines are over 30 years old with a large proportion planted on their own roots. It's a Riesling in an off-dry style with 24g/l of residual sugar. The colour is pale green/straw and the nose quite exotic, lychee and tropical fruits, a candied fruit quality. In the mouth delightful bon-bon sweetness, depth of nectarine and mango fruit, and a lovely lime-fresh acidity. A gorgeous drink this, with noteable sweetness.
(2021) Another Alsace wine with no real clue that it is a touch off-dry from the label, but that is not un-typical with Alsace Pinot Gris. Succulent and ripe on the nose, there is stone fruit and lemon, leading onto a full and fat palate, the weighty texture of the wine filling the mouth, and the dry, pear-like and citrussy cut of the fruit just nicely offset by that hint of sweetness.
(2021) I visited Künstler many years ago when they were in the vanguard of the new wave of drier German Rieslings and was very impressed by the quality, so nice to see this Wine Society bottling on very good form, a lovely purity of fruit, all sliced pear and waxy lemons, the palate creamy and limpid, and if there is any residual sugar it is swept up in the flow of mouth-watering acidity.
(2021) One of the 'problems' people often cite with Alsace wines is that they do not know from the label whether the wine will be bone-dry or distinctly off-dry. Some producers have adopted numbering systems to indicate this, but still a wine like this, a Grand Cru, with a full 13.5% alcohol, I expected to be dry when in fact it is more like medium-sweet - a potential partner for light desserts as well as Chinese food and some creamier cheeses. It has Gewurz fragrance of rose petals and Nivea cream, and a oily, unctuous palate where ripe and sweet tropical fruit, plenty of sugar and spice, is met by acidity in the finish, to balance but not dry the final impression.
(2020) JJ Prüm is one of Germany’s star names, run today by Katharina Prüm. From the steep, slate covered Himmelrich vineyard, it is made in stainless steel and bottled late to avoid the addition of too much sulphur. It opens with some flint and beeswax and paraffin over greengage and peach, the palate delicate and lacy, a good level of sweetness that is braced by mouth-watering acidity, a touch of pink grapefruit but more of that peachy fruit coming through too. A lovely wine for sipping on its own, finishing with purity and balance.
(2020) The producer and grape varieties of this semi-sweet wine from the Southwest of France are not stated, but it will almost certainly be made from Gros Manseng, possibly blended with Petit Manseng, the stalwarts of the Jurançon region. The nose offers an inviting ripe Ogen melon aroma, and a little wisp of leafy green herbs. In the mouth there is definite sweetness, but its not fully pudding-sweet, certainly a late-harvest rather than a Botrytis style. Fig and pear, a limey citrus acidity keeps it fresh in a wine for lighter fruit desserts, cheeses or possibly even with Oriental food.
(2020) Though part of the Doctors' low-alcohol range, this is farmed conventionally - it's the unconverted 30-odd grammes of residual sugar that give the 9% alcohol and lovely balance. A portion from clay in Brancott, the rest from Wairau greywacke stones. Lovely floral notes, ringer for Mosel Riesling, with delicious fruit and a sherbetty brightness and pure apple acidity, a touch of phenolic grip just in on the edges.
(2020) Fabulous sherbetty nose, floral and clean, but with that shining brightness and vivacity, it is indeed perfectly summery. Great fun, and off-dry teetering on medium-sweet with its 33g/l of sugar. No UK stockists listed at time of review.