- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Lindemans, Riesling, Bin 75, Southeastern Australia, 2002, $8

It’s hard to find a better white-wine bargain than this bright, fruit-filled Down Under Riesling. Marked by ripe peach and apple flavors, a slightly floral aroma, and superior balance, it demonstrates why American wine lovers are buying so many Australian wines these days. The good ones offer plenty of bang for the buck.

Although the most popular Aussie wines are made from chardonnay and shiraz, don’t ignore Riesling. Much more than the United States (where this varietal so often proves disappointing), Australia excels with Riesling, producing wines that can hold their own with top examples from Alsace and Germany.

This particular Riesling, while not as nuanced as some more costly renditions, exemplifies the Australian style — dry but fruity, crisp but not at all tart, full of flavor and fun. A perfect summer sipper, it is delicious on its own as an aperitif as well as when accompanying light fare.

Riesling has an uncanny ability to cool heat, so it’s also a good wine to have on hand when you’re having a spicy Asian- or Southwestern-inspired supper.

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