Our Wine Varieties

Riesling

For some, Riesling is regarded as something our mothers once drank, having fallen out of favour with growers, winemakers and consumers alike. While Pokolbin Estate Vineyard is widely regarded as one of Australia’s most consistent producers of exceptional Semillon and Shiraz, our ability to produce Hunter grown Riesling certainly distinguishes us from other vineyards.

While many deem the Hunter region is unsuitable to grow this variety, Pokolbin Estate continues to prove them wrong, winning Best Riesling in Australia in 2011. While new plantings of Riesling in the Hunter may never occur again, Pokolbin Estate Vineyards 50 year old vines, holistic approach to vineyard management and outstanding wine making skills of Andrew Thomas & Jeff Byrne, produce wines that compete favourably with the best in Australia.

Often incorrectly associated with being exclusively sweet, traditional Riesling is actually a fruit driven, aromatic grape variety displaying luscious floral and acidic notes with a semi-dry finish. However, it’s Rieslings ability to cellar for 20+ years that distinguishes itself from most other whites. Aged Riesling takes on a unique mineral like aroma, not to dissimilar to kerosene. This smell is essential in the ageing process of Riesling, indicating development of a creamy, oily, softer finish on the palate.

Young Riesling pairs well with light fish, prawns and chicken. However, due to an aged Rieslings oilier, drier finish, it lends itself better to oysters, roast pork or a creamy based pasta dish. Pokolbin Estate Vineyard produces 5 different styles of Riesling, with a variety of semi dry and sweet.

Reisling Wines