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What are the characteristics riesling grape?

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The Riesling grape is a very sensitive grape to local terroir. Winemakers can express the varietal in countless ways based on the growing conditions in the vineyard.

The vine has small and compact bunches of grapes that are prone to rot and mold. Humidity is an enemy of the grape and it thrives on sunny, windy hillsides. Riesling likes well-drained soils and a long growing season. If temperatures are too warm, yields will be very high and grapes will be low quality.

Most Riesling is made in stainless steel tanks. However, old, wooden barrels that do not impart any flavors are still widely used in Germany. Many of these wines are slightly oxidized. Riesling is rarely aged in new oak.

The grape has has a lot of tartaric acid which balances sweet wines. Several methods are be used to stop fermentation before all of the sugar has been converted. Small amounts of Riesling are sometimes blended with other varietals for its pronounced acidity.

What are the characteristics riesling grape?

Dry versions often have distinctive floral aromas that makes the wines taste sweet even with no residual sugar. Peach, apple and citrus notes are also noticeable on the nose and palate. Wines made with the grape have a strong aroma profile but are typically low in alcohol. They are often described as “steely” or “minerally”.