A colleague asked me for some advice on finding a dry Riesling, so I thought I’d post the email here, just in case you might be looking for something similar.
Forgive me if you know this already, but I think the best places for dry Riesling is Clare Valley and Eden Valley near Adelaide. Anything with those appellations on the bottle will be dry, zesty, limey and zingy! I’m sure there are some good German/Alsace dry Rieslings, but I’m less confident knowing how to pick them.
Look out for Knappstein, Peter Lehmann and Grossett producers, and my favourite is the Pewsey Vale Riesling, but can’t find it in any supermarkets. What’s great about Eden/Clare Valley Rieslings, is they are super fresh and dry to enjoy young, but have enough acid to age for a long time into something even more interesting.
Pewsey Vale Riesling
From N. D. John
The Lodge Hill Riesling 2012 Jim Barry, Clare Valley (nice label)
O’Leary Walker Polish Hill Riesling
Henschke Julius Riesling 2009 (if I had the money!)
Also, Austria tends to make white wines in a much drier style, so check out…
Loimer Seeberg Riesling (Loimer make great wines!)
And maybe try a Gruner Veltliner, which tend to be VERY dry!
Hope that helps,