Meli Dry Riesling 2011

by Nannette Eaton on September 3, 2013


“Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.” ― Mae West

meli dry riesling maule valley chile bottle shot

Maybe shocked is too strong a word, but surprised for sure. You expect rieslings from Germany or Austria or Alsace, but Chile? And for $13? The Meli Dry Riesling is surprising. And surprisingly delicious. It has notes of gasoline and peaches, and if you’re not familiar with riesilings, gasoline is a familiar smell, but poncey American wine writers use the word “petrol.” Quite frankly, if you don’t have passport from the United Kingdom (or a Commonwealth Country) you shouldn’t be using the word. Call it what it is – gasoline. And for those who are grossed-out, trust us on this, have the Wine Harlots steered you wrong yet? We would not suggesting ingesting the specter of petrol-chemicals if it wasn’t an awesome experience. Anyway, this is a tasty glass of wine with the aforementioned gas, peaches and gentle acidity. Try it, you’ll like it. For food, the perfect pairing is the slightly surprising twist on a classic BLT, a Bacon Lettuce Peach Sandwich with Sriracha Mayo. The music match is “Shellshock” from New Order, the Substance version cut.

Details: 12.8% alcohol. Screw-cap closure. Appellation: Maule Valley, Chile. Grape: riesling. Price: $13 USD. Importer: Global Vineyard. This was a media sample provided for editorial consideration.

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Andy Freeman September 3, 2013 at 8:01 am

Nice review, I’m going to be looking for Meli in the UK, thanks, love the New Order music connection.
Have a fantastic day, carry on the great work – best rgds from Sunny London.

Chile wines October 4, 2013 at 6:58 am

Really? Gasoline? Wine’s tastes will never stop surprising me. We are a chilean company so it’s awwsome to see that people are talking about our wines.

Chile is a well known wine producer and we produce one of the best Chilean wines of all. Even though we don’t produce rieslings we offer bulk wine, bag in box wine,private label wine and wholesale wine. Visit us to know more about Chile wines.

Thanks for promoting our countries wines, they are really good!

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