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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.

2016 Vickery Watervale Riesling (Photo: Supplied)

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)

2016 Jim Barry Lodge Hill Riesling (Photo: Supplied)

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)

2016 Leo Buring Clare Valley Riesling (Photo: Supplied)

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)

One thought on “Three summer rieslings”

  1. Ted Jones says:

    i am pleased you mentioned not to over chill these wines, because each time I taste a riesling it is too cold and there is no real perception of the potential awaiting the drinker. I have been trying my best to convince my friends to wait awhile and leave the bottle out of either ice or whatever. Most are now finding they are enjoying the true value of these wines

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