#newwinethisweek Week 1 – Aussie Riesling
We thought we would get the year off to a bright and breezy start with a grape variety that is currently experiencing somewhat of a renaissance. As well as thrilling examples from Germany and fantastic wines from Alsace, New World countries are producing some hugely enjoyable Rieslings these days.
Last year I enjoyed bottles from New Zealand, South Africa, the USA and Chile; but in my opinion it’s the Aussies who are leading the charge. The key regions to look out for are the Clare and Eden Valleys in South Australia, and Great Southern on the West coast. The Rieslings of Australia are generally bone dry, with searing acidity and lashings of citrus fruit – I think it’s the perfect partner to a Chinese takeaway!
Tesco have come up trumps on this one with their ever-reliable Finest offering, currently on promotion at £7.99, as well as the excellent Tim Adams Clare Valley Riesling at £10.49. If you’re the M&S-type why not try their Eden Valley offering, or if an independent merchant is more your style, I’ve picked out a beauty from Wine & the Vine – check it out if you’re ever in the Radlett area:
Tesco Finest Tingleup Riesling 2011, Western Australia (Tesco £7.99 was £9.99)
Tim Adams Rielsing 2011, Clare Valley (Tesco £10.49)
M&S Eden Valley Riesling 2011, South Australia (M&S £9.99)
Larry Cherubino Ad Hoc Wallfower Riesling 2011 (Wine & The Vine £15.79)
I’m going to give the Finest bottle a chance – now you choose your wine and let us know what you think. Leave a review in the comments box, use the poll to give your score out of 10 for Aussie Riesling and/or tweet your thoughts using the hashtag #newwinethisweek.
Also if you have any recommendations then let the rest of us know… How about you guys over the pond?!
Over the course of the year we will keep a league table of the favourite wine styles and regions as we try a new wine every week in 2014.