Given the interest in Riesling this Christmas, as evidenced by my poll, let us look at a fairly recently released one, from one of the leading Riesling producers.
The 2013 Pipers Brook Riesling has a pale yellow-green straw colour. On the palate, it tastes of citrus and is clearly in the dry spectrum - signs of a cool climate Riesling. The strength of the wine is its wonderful balance and its crisp acidic finish. This is a good wine for summer. On the downside, for me, this wine lacks body and fruit expression. This is surprising, given its 13% alcohol level. This is a lot for Riesling, but not noticeable in this wine. I suggest to put it aside for a number of years.