Another view of Riesling
It's a shame we see so few Australian Rieslings in the U.S., as the customery wine-making style Down Under for this great German grape offers a delicious alternative. Taking this one as an example, Oz Rieslings see little or no oak and are vinified dry or nearly so. As light, refreshing and crisply dry wines, they fall at a different point on the spectrum than the rich and dry Alsatian and Austrian style, the classic sweet-tart German style, or the sweet, fat and soft style of most California Rieslings. It's definitely a Riesling worth getting to know!
Wolf Blass 1997 Gold Label South Australia Riesling ($11.99)
Clear light brass color. Delicious citric scent, lemons and limes and an aromatic whiff of pine. Bright, juicy flavor, with slight fresh-fruit sweetness more than offset by zingy acidity. (June 8, 1998)
FOOD MATCH: Worked well with artichoke hearts and tomato sauce on penne pasta with Pecorino Romano cheese.
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