Peter Lehman Riesling 2015, Eden Valley
I bought this Riesling wine because I drank Riesling when I was a student in the 1980s. It was a nostalgic buy and I really didn’t know what to expect. In those days, I drank Riesling from Germany and it was medium sweet and cheap. I saw this Riesling in the wines from Australia in my local Majestic and this sparked my interest. Surely more sun would result in an even sweeter wine. The label stated dry, I had to try it. It is very pale in colour and the nose is interesting. It literally smelt of engine oil- but then fresh pear! Without food, the taste is zingy, a little citrus but not too much and pink grapefruit comes through. It does taste of minerals- clean and fresh but one glass is enough without food as it starts to get too acidic. I had no idea what food to eat with it. The label states, zesty, clean and refreshing when young and as I purchased 2015 vintage my wine was young. I ate two different meals with this wine, both oily fish. The first, sardines roasted in the oven with olive oil, squeeze of lemon, half a clove of garlic and a quarter of a teaspoon of grated ginger. and to accompany the sardines were roasted sweet potato wedges. Both foods were fabulous with the wine. With food, the citrus flavour leaves the wine and leaves a smooth, rounded flavour. Avoid green vegetables like sugar snap peas and asparagus. Because they were blanched and so quite raw they were too bitter for the wine. In my quest to find the perfect vegetable to accompany this wine (salad would be good but its -2 degrees outside) I had pan fried salmon the next night for dinner. This time, I had boiled new potatoes and stir fried red peppers, carrots and very thinly sliced white mushrooms. The wine was a dream. The sweetness of the carrot and red pepper was perfect and the acidity of the wine cut through the oils in the fish and complimented the dish beautifully.
It is delicious and I urge you to try it. I paid £8.99, mix six price from Majestic Wine Poole.
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