Rieslings to be cheerful, part 1,2 not 3…

A cheeky reference to Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll, the excellent Ian Dury biopic? Yes and no.  We’re into February, not my favourite month of the year, and I’d love to be transported somewhere warm and sunny.  So if my monthly selection, two Rieslings, seems a bit perverse, there’s your answer!

Grosset Springvale Watervale Riesling 2009, Clare Valley, South Australia – in 2008, Grosset’s tightly coiled Polish Hill Riesling from “hard rock” slate soils won me over hook line and sinker but this year, it’s the pretty but precise Springvale from Watervale’s limestone and rich red soils that wins my heart.  Lifted, floral and shimmering with bright, jewel-like citrus fruit, it’s clear as a bell, with lovely lemony line and length.  A beauty.  £17.99 at Noel Young

Framingham Classic Riesling 2009, Marlborough, New Zealand – an off-dry Riesling with  delicious honey-licked ripe apple and lifted apple blossom, gently balanced by ripe but lipsmacking pink grapefruit acidity.  Gorgeous intensity.  Hard to believe it has 18g/l of residual but fans of Ernie Loosen’s “Dr L” would get on with this like a house on fire.   RRP £10.99, contact Caves de Pyrene for stockists.