Michael Goodger’s love of Riesling

Man standing in front of wine barrels

As they say, “everything happens for a Riesling”.

Nothing says Summer more to me than the gentle removal of the slender, green flute bottle from the depths of the refrigerator, the crack of the stelvin seal, the glug glug glug into a perfectly shaped and sized wine glass. Riesling is truly a Summer gift with its wonderful aromas of lime & lemon and the mouth-watering tastes of freshness. Ahhh what a wine-derful world!

The first record of Riesling goes all the way back 600 years to Germany and in Australia, plantings around Sydney in the 1830s from cuttings which travelled with the First Fleet.

This versatile grape is considered to be one of the ‘noble’ varieties and can vary so much between countries and regions. There are sweet German styles like Kabinett and Spatlese through to dry styles like here in Australia or from Alsace or Washington State.

For me, it’s the Two-Blocks Riesling that gets my mouth salivating!

Sourced from two of our vineyards’ fruit, Two-Blocks Riesling combines the floral notes of the warmer Wrattonbully and the zesty citrus characters of the slightly cooler Coonawarra. The lively acidity balanced with the intense citrus aromas just says “pour me another, please”.

This multi-award-winning wine is perfectly matched with seafood or Asian-inspired dishes, or just slurping on a sunlit porch on a lazy Sunday arvo, or actually on any day ending in “Y”. 



Michael Goodger is an account manager for Patrick of Coonawarra. He has worked in the liquor industry for over 35 years in various roles including retail store management and wine sales representative. Michael has a huge passion for wine and the industry and has WSET accreditation. He is currently based in the Bellarine Peninsula and services Western Victoria.

Spotlight on Riesling: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4.