Every time I look at my notes the white grape that crops up more than any other is Riesling.
It almost always manages to make interesting wines and is such a versatile partner for food. So with the last gasps of summer here are three quite different Rieslings to try.
Tesco Finest* Riesling 2013, Slovenia (Tesco £7.99) was a real surprise and definitely worth a taste. It’s very fresh with juicy lemon fruit, floral notes and a very dry, zesty finish – great value.
I love Australian Riesling and Wirra Wirra ‘The Lost Watch’ Riesling 2012, Adelaide Hills (Asda.com £12.47) shows a little more finesse than wines from other South Australian regions. Fresh with delicate floral and citrus notes with granny smith apples on the palate and a long, elegant finish, this is going to be fantastic with some really fresh seafood.
Riesling ‘Les Princes Abbés’ 2011, Domaines Schlumberger, Alsace
This is another elegant Riesling with grapefruit, lemon peel and some spice on the nose. The palate has a nice rounded texture and it leads to a long, dry, spice-led finish. Another one for fresh seafood but it would work well with more robust fish dishes as well – classic Alsace Riesling.
Majestic £13.99 or buy two for £11.89 each.