jamie goode's wine blog: Need another Riesling fix

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Need another Riesling fix

I'm going big on Rieslings at the moment. Rather boringly and predictably, my trip to Germany has switched me on to the magic of Riesling such that I'm actually finding myself enjoying it and not just admiring it and feeling like I ought to enjoy it more.

Three tonight.

Kees-Kieren Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2005 Mosel, Germany
9.5% alcohol. Deep yellow in colour, this is much richer than you'd expect from a Kabinett - it's almost like an Auslese, never mind a Spatlese. Rich, sweet melon and peach fruit on the nose, which leads to a richly-textured sweet melon and apricot palate with a hint of spice. Bold, rich and ripe, this is deliciously plump, but well balanced. 91/100

Kurt Hain Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett 2005 Mosel, Germany
9% alcohol. Full yellow colour. There's lovely balance here between the ripe, plump, melony fruit and the more mineralic, spicy citrus notes. It's quite zippy and fresh, but rich and ripe at the same time. I like the balance this wine shows. A rich style of Kabinett, perhaps reflecting the vintage. 90/100

Leitz Rudesheimer Burgweg Riesling Kabinett 2006 Rheingau, Germany
9.5% alcohol. Yellow colour. There's a distinctive struck match reductive note here on the nose, as well as a hint of cabbage. It's not unpleasant, but it does take away from the purity of the wine. The palate is crisp, bright and focused, but I don't think reduction works very well in the context of a delicate wine like this. You have to be careful when you use tin-lined screwcaps. 82/100 (8.99 Tesco)

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At 8:52 PM, Anonymous winedinetv said...

We are from the Frankfurt-Darmastadt are and one of our favorite Riesling is the Kurt Hain Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett 2005 Mosel, Germany.
WIth the screw cup and Riesling, well we like the traditional cork method.
Judit & Corina

At 10:22 PM, Blogger Salil said...

Interesting Jamie, I've never seen that Kabinett from Leitz before. Although the wines I've had from him under screwcap (Dragonstone, Eins Zwei Dry and the Magdalenenkreuz Spatlese) have all been very tasty without any of that reduction.

At 7:02 AM, Anonymous James Davis said...

The Leitz label was exclusive to Tesco, although has since changed Johannes drew it in his tasting room, and I still have the original somewhere.


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