After attending the Riesling Rendezvous event in Washington state in July, my appreciation of riesling as a highly versatile everyday wine only increased. With that in mind, I continue to taste excellent dry rieslings, and one of the latest is from South Australia, Peter Lehmann's 2009 Eden Valley Dry Riesling.
This is a straightforward and focused wine that's easy to drink and simply delicious. Aromas of wet stone and citrus are followed by tastes of lime and yellow peach with crisp acidity coming through on a long finish. Alcohol is a modest 11 percent.
Dry rieslings (and even off-dry examples) deserve much more attention as "go to" white wines because they match well with so many foods, including fish and shellfish, simple chicken dishes, Asian cuisine and salads. In this regard, I think they are actually more useful than sauvignon blancs. Peter Lehmann's $17 Dry Riesling is also perfect on its own as a refreshing warm-up wine before dinner. Imported by The Hess Collection New World Wines, Napa, California. Received as a press sample.