RIESLING grape originated from Germany around the middle of 15th century. It is believed that vine trees of Riesling were actually once a wild grapes, that were adopted and cultivated. In the late 19th and early 20th century Riesling grapes were very popular and wines were very expensive.
RIESLING wines have an amazing feature of bottle aging thanks to their perfect balance of acidity and extract, regardless of alcohol strength and residual sugar. This grape is very sensitive to terroir, similar like chardonnay – has ability to transmit vineyards specifics to the wine. On the other hand this grape does not age well in oak and is mainly aged in stainless steel tanks or bottles. If oak barrels (barriques ) are used, they are old barriques rather than new ones like in Chardonnay wines.
RIESLING wines has one very specific to the kind aroma – petroleum, that develops due to a chemical compound called TDN, which is a result of ripeness or bottle age of the wine.
Today RIESLING wines are made from very light, dry wine to extra mineral, spicy and sweet one. Riesling grapes are perfect for late harvest or botrytized wines as well as sparkling wine. Most Riesling wines are produced in Germany (from dry to very sweet wines), second ranks Austria (mainly dry wine), while France is third (mainly dry wine in Alsace region).
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