Riesling – love rekindled

Tom Parker's Riesling bottles

First love, and surely the perfect wine for a heatwave. Many more Rieslings to savour tomorrow in Michael's next tranche of tasting notes, on 122 new releases (mostly 2019s) from the Rheingau.

For as long as I have taken wine seriously, Riesling has had a special place in my heart. For one, it is the first wine I guessed correctly in a blind tasting. The distinct lime and petrol character, mouth-watering acidity, harmony of sweet and savoury, light body and residual sugar (in that Mosel Spätlese) make for one of the – if not the – easiest grape varieties to...