Wine: Australian riesling
Australian riesling too often gets overlooked on these shores, said Michael Austin in the Chicago Tribune. The grape was one of the first cultivated in that great wine-making country, and the dry wines Aussie vintners create from it are “crisp, citrusy, even tangy at times,” with strong floral and mineral notes. They pair well with spicy cuisines and seafood, and “many of them make great aperitifs.”
2015 Yalumba ‘Y Series’ Riesling ($13). This budget-friendly wine is “full of satisfying citrus, minerality, and a hint of tropical fruit.”
2015 Kilikanoon Killerman’s Run ($20). Minerality and green apple, plus a “whisper” of tropical sweetness, lead to a “lipsmacking finish” in this Clare Valley riesling.
2016 Henschke Julius ($45). In this “Eden Valley stunner,” a “hint of fennel” peeks through the citrus and green apple notes.