Barry & Sons Riesling, Clare Valley 2017
The Barrys have amassed one of the largest family holdings in Australia's Clare Valley, which is particularly good Riesling country. Whiffs of lime and citrus and a zesty mineral palate to drink now or have patience.
|Bottle Size||75 cl|
|Sub Area||Clare Valley|
|Style||Dry and crisp|
|Drinking Guide||Drink Now|
|Food Match||Asian, South-East|
*Value choice of the month*
The New World is also home to very dry Rieslings. Here, Jim Barry, one of the best-known names in Aussie winemaking, has combined with the Clare Valley, home to some of the best rieslings, to come up with the Barry & Sons Riesling Clare Valley 2017, a class act with appealing zesty citrus flavours. If you are a bit unsure about Riesling, try this and be converted.
I don't think I can come up with two more refreshing still wines for hot weather than dry Riesling and Assyrtiko. I’ve made the Clare Riesling my Wine of the Week, but I recommend the Barry’s family’s Assyrtiko, too. It’s the follow-on vintage to the 2016, the first Assyrtiko not just in Australia but anywhere outside Greece (there's more about it here and see picture below). The 2017 is juicy and fruity with softly smoky lime and lemon flavours and pithy acidity (£19.90, Tanners). The Riesling, a more familiar Clare Valley variety, has floral and apple aromas with a whiff of smoky minerals, tangy bright citrus and canteloupe melon flavours and zippy acidity. It goes with all sorts of Southeast Asian dishes, including tangy, fresh and salty ones, also comes into its own with griddled prawns, other crustacean, shellfish and salads and it’s a very useful picnic all-rounder. 12%.