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WINE OF THE WEEK: Barry & Sons Riesling 2017, Clare Valley, Australia

£13.40, Tanners Wines

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%.

Barry & Sons Riesling 2017, Clare Valley, South Australia

£13.40, Tanners Wines


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