Australia is the first country to have fallen victim to the one country - one grape association. If I say Australia, you say Shiraz. If I say Shiraz, you say Australia. Is that really all there is? You know it's not since you've probably stumbled across several other Australian options like Cabernet, Chardonnay and the Grenache-based blends. You might have even passed all these by thinking that they must be like all other Australian wines, big and oaky, though not saying that all other Australian wines are big and oaky, of course!
Do you want a superb surprise from Australia? You'll have to look past the prejudices and check out Australia's extraordinary Riesling. Yes, you read that right. One more assumption you need to discard is that Riesling is a sweet wine, because while Australian Rieslings are sweet, they are also super dry. These are clean, refreshing, snappy sapid wines that seem almost designed to destroy stereotype ideas about wine. Enjoy them with seafood, salads, or even on their own as the weather warms!
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