Our Wine Buying Guide to Best Riesling Wines under 20 a Bottle
We all know that Germany produces the best Riesling Wines in the world but you’re not going to find many good bottles for less than $20! So try out these great tasting Best Riesling Wines under 20 from Australia, New Zealand, and Washington USA.
Von Buhl Riesling QBA 2010 Germany Pfalz
For top critic Jancis Robinson, Germany’s noble Riesling is “the world’s finest white grape.” Ranging in style from bone-dry to lusciously sweet, it makes some of the world’s greatest, most age-worthy whites. Here’s a stunning Troken (or, ‘dry’) style from one of the country’s most famous estates that took home a gold medal in 2011 at the International Wine Challenge Catavinum.
The 150-year-old Von Buhl estate is one of Germany’s most celebrated cellars, whose wines have been served all over the world, at some of the most significant events throughout history. Crafted by star winemaker Christoph Graf, their wines consistently win awards and receive high point scores from some of the industry’s top critics, including Wine Spectator and Robert Parker. Serve this to guests over a cheese platter or a spicy, Asian-inspired meal and earn high scores of your own.
Clare Hills Riesling 2009 Australia
Move over, Aussie Chardonnay. Germany’s noble Riesling (first planted in Australia in the 19th century) is gaining acclaim as the grape of choice in the country’s finest whites. We head to Clare Valley, THE place for bright, dry Riesling — and Neil Pike is “one of Clare Valley’s unsung heroes, making incredible Rieslings year in and year out,” says Peter Bourne. Not an understatement from the top writer — Pike’s estate received the coveted five-star rating in renowned critic James Halliday’s 2009 Australian Wine Companion.
Light golden yellow, with delicate almond, grassy lime and lemon notes and refreshing minerality. A great pairing with fresh seafood or spicy Asian dishes.
12% Vol. enjoy to 2015.
“The bone-dry style of Aussie Riesling has become something of an insider”s favorite, combining the food-worthiness of Alsace versions with the pure fruit and floral fragrance of German bottlings.” (Wine Spectator)
Whether you’re already a fan of Australia’s distinctive Riesling style or you’ve yet to try one, this stunner from Neil Pike is NOT to be missed.
Crafted at Neil’s 5-star-rated estate (James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2011) in Clare Valley — THE place for bright, dry Riesling — this proud discovery offers intense lime and grapefruit flavors with floral undertones. Delicious right now, but also worthy of a little cellar time (a hallmark of top-quality Rieslings from any country).
Food friendly? Absolutely. (We love it with fresh oysters or grilled shrimp.) Easy-drinking and crowd-pleasing? You bet. (It’s a good idea to have more than one bottle on hand.) Made in very small quantities? Indeed — please order this beauty today before the fresh 2011s are sold out.
Brightwater Nelson Riesling 2009 New Zealand
Critics are raving about bright, aromatic New Zealand Riesling — and if you’ve yet to try one, start here, with the best. No joke — this is the winner of the Champion Riesling Trophy at the 2009 Liquorland Top 100 (New Zealand’s most important wine competition).
“Taut, off-dry Riesling with strong mineral, floral and lime/citrus flavors. Good intensity. Worth cellaring,” says Bob Campbell, Master of Wine (and New Zealand’s top critic).
Fresh, ripe citrus and floral aromas introduce the lush, succulent characters of sweet lemon and apple. A cracking good apéritif, this winner is also delicious with spicy Asian fare — the lively acidity will really cut the heat of the spice. Other perfect matches include fresh seafood, crisp salads and aged cheeses.
Lionstone Selection Seven Hills Riesling 2009 Washington USA
“Few wines can top it for sheer pleasure.”
That was top critic Paul Lukacs (author of The Great Wines of America) on this flavorful Washington Riesling from star winemaker Casey McClellan.
It’s a perfect balance of Riesling’s best qualities: elegant minerality with just a touch of delicate sweetness and a crisp, clean finish. “Seven Hills always delivers the goods.” (Wine Enthusiast).
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Full of lively green apple, lemon and mineral notes and is the wine to sip with spicy Asian fare like Thai noodles or chicken curry.
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