- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Mitchell, “Watervale” Riesling, Clare Valley, 2002, $18

Though American wine drinkers don’t usually associate Riesling with Australia, the varietal is extremely popular Down Under, and the wines can taste deliciously distinctive.

Many of the best come from the pastoral Claire Valley, north of Adelaide. Firm and dry, with plenty of natural acidity to provide structure, these medium-weight whites are ideal partners for today’s popular fusion-style foods.

The family-owned Mitchell winery produced a classic Claire Valley Riesling in 2002. It displays lime and other citrus flavors, supported by mineral-tinged undertones that gain strength in a long, clean finish. While tasty now, it promises to become more nuanced with a year or so of bottle age.

This would be a great wine to serve with seafood or poultry dishes that combine Asian and Western (even Southwestern) ingredients. It will be an especially good choice if the dish in question has some heat from chili peppers or spice. (Imported by Peter Click Selections.)

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