Riesling Masters 2018: the results in full

We reveal all the medallist from 2018’s Riesling Masters, in which one country triumphed, particularly for its bone dry expressions.

As one of the world’s most misunderstood grapes, Riesling always makes an intriguing choice for any blind tasting. With this in mind, the judges for 2018’s Riesling Masters arrived for the latest sampling with excited anticipation, wondering what makes this grape so divisive, where one finds the best expressions, and at what prices.
Following a day spent assessing more than 100 examples from around the world, one thing is for sure: this is a white grape that’s rich in personality. With characters ranging from pungent floral aromatics to notes of burnt rubber, and flavours from intense lime to juicy peach, not only does Riesling vary in nature, but it is always distinctive.
Add to this a broad range in textures thanks to different residual sugar levels, and one can understand why consumers can struggle with Riesling. Unless one understands the German wine law, and its terminology, and knows the producer, it is hard to tell what the wine will taste like without trying it.
But let’s not forget this grape’s place as the darling of the wine trade. While it’s common to hear consumers express their dislike for Riesling, never have I heard a professional profess anything other than a deep affection for the grape.
This is because, at its best, this single variety can deliver so much: something packed with layers of flavour, but a palate-cleansing freshness that’s unique in wine.
It is the pure citrus acidity of Riesling that makes it such a great base for sweet wines. Or, if bone dry, a drink that can be kept for decades, revealing a honeyed richness, even where no sugar is present.

One Response to “Riesling Masters 2018: the results in full”

  1. shehroz says:

    Thanks for this useful guidence…. Regards Shehroz

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