|DON'T give up on Riesling, its great with|
spicy Asian and Mexican dishes
or with Beurre blanc Morton Bay Bugs.
And if there's a region that's a great producer of Australian Rieslings, its South Australia's Clare Valley whose rich soils, warm days and cool nights are a perfect start for some of our most intensely-flavoured of these wines.
Leasingham have long produced Rieslings of outstanding flavour from the Clare, their Bin range achieving something of icon status. The recently-released 2010 Bin 7 shows just why the Clare and its sub-region of Watervale have earned a reputation as one of our premium regions for the varietal.
This is a wine that's got loads of Riesling lemon and lime characters, great minerality and a touch of spice. At $23 you'll find it a good match with spicy Asian and Mexican foods, yet at the same time it can be just as delightful with shellfish such as Morton Bay Bugs in a lemon and lime Beurre blanc.
|A CLARE Valley mainstay: enjoy now or cellar|
for ten years to develop its full potential.
They've just released the 2008 that's made from fruit from a number of mainly dryland vineyards – vineyards that are used to hard conditions, and certainly experienced how tough times can be, with the 2008 vintage culminating in temperatures up to 38-degrees (just under 100F.)
This is an elegant dry wine with lovely red-berry flavours and subtle oak. Pay $28.50 and enjoy with Steak au Poivre – or Asian-basted BBQ pork spareribs. Or keep it in the cellar to develop to its full potential over the next decade…
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