Riesling is a very well-know grape in northern Europe.
The Riesling is typically grown in Germany in the Regions: Mosel, Nahe, Rheingau, and Pfalz.
The Riesling origins from the Weißer Heunisch and the Traminer. It is assumed that the Riesling was born somewhere in the valley of the Rhine since both the Heunisch and Traminer have a long-documented history in Germany.
The Riesling is believed to have been grown in Germany in the 11th century, but it is also believed that it wasn't recognized for its potential before in the 17th century.
Today the Riesling is Germany's leading grape variety. It is known for its characteristic "transparency" in flavor and presentation of terroir, which means that the character of the wine is greatly influenced by the wine's place of origin. Which means it is highly influenced by the soil where they are grown.
Riesling is a very aromatic grape, which has quite a few varieties, depending on where it has been grown. The typical aromas are: flowery, fruity, apples, grapefruit, peach, gooseberry, honey, cut green grass and then it usually also has a crisp taste due to high acidity.
The Rieslings naturally high acidity make it highly suitable for extended aging. The sweet wines are especially suited for cellaring since the high sugar content provides for additional preservation. However, the high quality dry or off-dry wines are also known to have not just survived but also been enjoyable at an age exceeding 100 years.
Today the more common aging periods for Riesling wines would be:
Dry wines: 5-15 years
Semi-sweet: 10-20 years
Sweet wines: 10-30+ years
Here it must be mentioned that older Riesling wines can reveal a striking petrol note, which is sometimes described with associations to kerosene or rubber. While an integral part of the aroma profile of mature Riesling it may be off-putting to those unaccustomed to it. However, it is sought after by many experienced drinkers.
Today it is more common to consume the wine young while it has a more fruity aromatic taste.
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