Some people think of Riesling as a sweet wine, but that would be like saying all chocolate is sweet, rather than coming in the variety of styles it actually does. True, most Riesling is crisp and fruity. But the taste profile can range from very dry to very sweet depending on the ripeness of the fruit and the style the winemaker is looking for. Mixed in with Riesling’s fruit flavors (usually apple, peach and pear) and floral aromas is balanced acidity giving the wine its crisp, mouthwatering character and minerality adding complexity to the wine.
The flavor of the Riesling grape is influenced like no other by the soil in which it’s grown. The uniquely slate-heavy soils of Germany’s wine growing regions impart a pronounced mineral character.
This perfect balance of fruit and acidity, combined with a rich mineral base, makes German Rieslings unique among wines – red or white – from around the world.
As previously mentioned, the degree to which Riesling grapes are allowed to ripen, known as selective harvesting, greatly influences their flavor. Most Riesling grapes are harvested early when they’re light in character, then pressed and fermented.
Riesling is generally low in alcohol, making it extremely enjoyable and refreshing – excellent in a wide range of settings with any number of dishes or on its own.