Three summer rieslings
As the mercury climbs, nothing beats a cool, crisp glass of riesling. Clare Valley riesling is still one of Australia’s best value wines, as well as being one of our best.
The 2016 Clare rieslings have been impressive across the board having purity, intensity and length. Varietal character is strong and the acid balance is such that they are lovely in their youth as well having ageing potential.
Serve with oysters natural, fresh goats cheese, pan-fried white fish, whitebait fritters, kingfish sashimi, salted fried calamari, steamed asparagus or Insalata Caprese.
Here are my three affordable, reliable and satisfying picks for January.
Vickery WVR 252 CK Watervale Riesling 2016
Sourced from four different riesling blocks in the Clare Valley. The florals in this Watervale riesling are incredibly lovely, and the fruit is supported by crisp acidity. There is a juiciness to the fruit and a raciness to the palate. It is incredibly delicious and intensely flavoured. Perfect for summer drinking. Drink now to 2026. (Screwcap. 12.5% – 92 points. AUD $23)
Jim Barry Lodge Hill Riesling 2016
High altitude (480m) Clare Valley riesling. Intensely flavoured, in the citrus spectrum, with a superb acid line. Delicate floral top notes. Strong lemony palate with minerally undertones and excellent length. Drink now to 2026. (Screwcap. 12% – 95 points. AUD $24)
Leo Buring Clare Valley Riesling 2016
It is quite astounding how good this wine is considering its low price. Perfectly poised, pure riesling with completely mouthwatering, lilting flavours which excite and please. Abundant lime blossom aromas and gentle fresh pear and citrus flavours. Also, there is such great length and focus. Take care not to over-chill. Drink now to 2026 (Screwcap. 11.5% – 92 points. AUD $20)