Barry’s Pick: 2012 Mitchell Riesling Watervale, $21.00

If you don’t think of Australia when you think of Rieslings, maybe you should. In South Australia there is a wine region called the Clare Valley that specializes in Riesling, mostly the dry sort. This particular one comes from Watervale, a relatively high altitude site that has nice, cool evenings (a characteristic that Riesling grapes love). The Mitchell family, which includes Andrew and Jane and their son Angus, organically farm their estate owned vineyards. The 50 year old Riesling vines are dry farmed and the grapes are always hand-picked. The wine itself has a core of lime and a stony minerality that complement this bone dry, crisp Riesling. Extended contact with the lees lends a rather round mouth feel that balances out the wine’s crisp acidity. A great example of a wine that will pair wonderfully with many different cuisines. Cheers!