Problem of judging greater than 400 Rieslings

Chief Steward Brian Sinclair checks the wine present format.

The Canberra Worldwide Riesling Problem returns this month and, as soon as once more, Canberra will host the biggest assortment of Rieslings to be assembled within the southern hemisphere.

THE emphasis in judging this 12 months’s Canberra Worldwide Riesling Problem is on customers of Riesling, with an elevated illustration from sommeliers, wine reviewers and wine consumers within the judging panels. The twenty first Problem will likely be held from October 10-15. 

The Chair of Judges is NZ Grasp Sommelier Cameron Douglas, from Auckland, one in all six (and the primary) Grasp Sommeliers in Australasia. 

The judging panel chairs are Jane Faulkner, a Melbourne-based wine author and reviewer and Tim Pelquest-Hunt, from SA, who was lately appointed as chief winemaker for Orlando Wines, producers of the well-known Eden Valley Steingarten Riesling.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will launch the 2022 Problem on October 10 and also will be a part of the panel as a visitor choose.

The Problem was conceived and grown in Canberra initially to benchmark Canberra District Rieslings towards these from different elements of Australia.

As of late it’s an internationally recognised occasion and the biggest single-varietal wine present within the southern hemisphere, attracting competing wines from Riesling-producing nations and areas from world wide.

The 2022 Problem has acquired greater than 400 entries from six nations –
Austria, France, Germany, NZ and the US – in addition to nearly 350 entries from Australia. All of the Riesling areas of Australia have giant numbers of entries, together with the Canberra District with 24 entries in six lessons.

Celine Rousseau, of Capital Wines, judges Rieslings on the Albert Corridor.

4 days of judging 

Judging for the Canberra Worldwide Riesling Problem will likely be held on the Albert Corridor between Monday, October 10 and Thursday, October 13. 

The Problem judging is carried out on a regional foundation and is designed to advertise and discover the regional variations that Riesling expresses. The wines are introduced for judging in regional groupings however, to stop any notion of regional bias, the judges are solely given the classic and the sugar ranges (fashion) of the wines. Areas are solely revealed within the outcomes catalogue.

Reflecting the worldwide nature of the Problem and Riesling, judges are drawn from abroad in addition to from Australia. 

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The Problem additionally locations emphasis on the opinions of customers by together with wine critics, sommeliers and business wine consumers within the judging panels in addition to wine makers. 

This 12 months judging will once more be underneath the chairmanship of Cameron Douglas MS, from NZ. The panel chairs are wine author and reviewer Jane Faulkner (Victoria), and Orlando Wines chief winemaker Tim Pelquest-Hunt (SA). 

The judges are winemakers Celine Rousseau (Canberra District) and Cate Looney (Victoria); sommelier Niels Sluiman (NSW) and wine purchaser Dave Mavor (NSW). 

The Problem additionally supplies alternatives for folks within the wine business to additional develop their information of Riesling by appointment as an affiliate choose. This 12 months they’re Angus Wardlaw (SA), Jeremy Nascimben (Canberra District) and Fergus McGhie (Canberra District).

The Worldwide Riesling Expertise… a chance to style a few of the greatest Rieslings on the earth.

There’s heaps to be taught and revel in about Rieslings

THE Problem is about extra than simply judging wines, with a key intention being the promotion of the vary of Riesling kinds to customers, winemakers and sommeliers by Grasp Lessons, and the Worldwide Riesling Expertise on the Albert Corridor the place customers can style all of the wines which have been judged, lots of which aren’t accessible in Australia.

Throughout Riesling week there are alternatives to construct your information and revel in tasting the world’s greatest Rieslings amongst consultants from Australia, Germany, NZ and China.

This 12 months’s Riedel Riesling Grasp Class will showcase Riesling tendencies and kinds and wines from the important thing Riesling areas of NZ. 

The Resort Realm will maintain a Riesling dinner the place its chef will match meals with uncommon, award-winning Australian Rieslings. 

Riedel Riesling Grasp Class 

Following the profitable trial in 2019, the Riedel Riesling Grasp Class is once more being held on the Thursday night (October 13) to permit extra public participation. 

Will probably be introduced in two periods, the primary that includes a Riesling knowledgeable presenting wines from a competing nation and, with a variation from custom, the second session will focus on key options of Riesling.

Cameron Douglas MS will current “5 New Zealand Riesling Areas – Terroir and Character” and can information members by the 5 main Riesling Areas of NZ, their wines and terroir together with the schist dry soils of Central Otago, loess and river gravels from Canterbury, the dry inland valleys of Marlborough, Nelson gravels and the Wellington District on the backside of the North Island. 

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Examples demonstrating the terroir traits of those areas will likely be introduced for tasting. 

Jane Faulkner, wine author, critic and a “Halliday Wine Companion” reviewer, will current “Riesling with Texture – A brand new Zeitgeist for Australian Riesling?” 

Jane will current a spread of Rieslings from south-east Australia and can focus on their texture – the elusive idea typically generally known as “mouthfeel” – contrasting areas and winemakers. 

Thursday, October 13, 6pm-9pm, Resort Realm, Excessive Courtyard North. Presenters: Cameron Douglas MS (NZ) and Jane Faulkner (Melbourne). Supper included. Tickets $110. Bookings by way of

Awards presentation

TASTE the 2022 award-winning wines and others from a museum assortment at a cocktail-style occasion with canapes and advantageous Riesling whereas the 2022 Awards are introduced. 

Friday, October 19, 5.30pm to 7pm, Nationwide Ballroom 4, Resort Realm. A restricted variety of tickets can be found, at $85. Bookings required by way of 

Resort Realm Riesling Dinner

The Resort Realm chef will match meals with award-winning and uncommon Rieslings from the CIRC Museum.

Friday, October 19, 7.30pm, Buvette Restaurant, Resort Realm. Tickets $140. Bookings required by way of

Style the winners on the Riesling Expertise

TASTE the entries – and the winners – for your self on the CIRC-Toyota Materials Dealing with Worldwide Riesling Expertise. This is a chance to style a few of the greatest Rieslings on the earth, lots of which aren’t simply obtained in Australia.

Tickets are $50 and embrace a memento Riedel tasting glass and a replica of the official Problem outcomes catalogue. 

Numerous the 2022 judging panel and stewards will likely be readily available on the tasting to reply questions on Riesling.

Saturday, October 15, 11am-3pm, Albert Corridor (commerce representatives and exhibitors from 10am). Tickets are $50, guide at or on the door. 

Commerce tasting bookings to, contact the CIRC secretariat for the commerce promotion code. 

Bookings and enquiries to [email protected] or name 6286 7515. Reserving hyperlinks at

Riesling grapes.

There’s no place like residence for Rieslings

RIESLING is taken into account the grape that the majority displays the area and the winery from the place it comes, with some areas having very distinct regional traits. 

The standard of the wine is basically decided by the standard of the grapes – “Riesling is made within the winery”. 

Based on writer Terry Theise in “Studying Between the Wines: “Riesling is aware of soil extra intimately than some other grape, maybe as a result of it ripens so late within the fall and is thus on the vine longer than different varieties, and since it thrives in poor soils with deep bedrock strata into which it could sink its probing roots.  

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“Riesling is beloved of all who develop it for being so co-operative – the furthest factor from a diva. It survives all however essentially the most brutal frost, is hearty in its resistance to illness, and yields properly with out sacrificing flavour – maybe as a result of it ripens late within the fall when every thing is taut and crisp and golden.  

“Riesling wines are the afterglow of the contented world.”

Good high quality Riesling is confined to cool-climate wine districts, the place the required local weather is achieved both by latitude or by altitude. 

Whereas rising Riesling within the Canberra District is comparatively new, it has grown a popularity for being probably the greatest Riesling areas in Australia, and the world. 

Australian Rieslings are famend as being, for essentially the most half, bone dry whereas delivering a fruity refreshment that’s hardly ever matched elsewhere. Canberra District Rieslings actually emulate this attribute. 

Semi-dry kinds are rising in popularity due to their skill to match with a variety of meals. 

In contrast to most grape varieties, Riesling may be made in a spread of kinds from very crisp and dry, to semi-dry, to candy and luscious dessert and aperitif wines. 

In some elements of the world, the grapes are picked after they’ve frozen on the vines to make ice-wine, and for nearly 200 years Riesling has been used to provide a glowing wine generally known as Sekt. Each these kinds will likely be amongst the big selection of kinds to be judged at this 12 months’s Problem.

Pale gold as a younger wine, Riesling develops extra color with age and due to this it’s typically known as the “Golden Wine”.

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Ian Meikle, editor