jamie goode's wine blog: Not more Riesling, surely?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Not more Riesling, surely?

OK, last Riesling for a while. Had a glass with lunch and now a glass to finish the otherwise wine-less evening.

It's Dr Loosen Blue Slate Riesling 2006 Mosel. 8% alcohol. It's a slight step up from the Dr L Riesling (which is bought-in fruit) - a qualitatswein made from estate fruit, which retails at just over 8 in the UK, and is available from Bibendum and Somerfield.

This is better than the already very good Dr L, and shows tight, minerally, spicy grapefruit and lemon character, with a hint of sweetness. I love the freshness and transparency. It's very easy to drink, but there's a precision here that would make it a good food wine. Brilliant value for money and probably the perfect introduction to Mosel Riesling for those who don't really drink it much.

I know everyone gets really excited about Auslese and above, but there's something to be said for decent Kabinett-styled wines like this, with their freshness and acidity - there are just so many more occasions where you can drink them. And they're much better value.

Just a couple of days left until I'm off to Australia for the Landmark Australia Tutorial.

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At 10:20 PM, Blogger Salil said...

Agreed, Kabinett and light, elegant Spatlese are wonderful wines. I don't see why so much fuss is made over the big honeyed BAs and TBAs - I find that in a lot of them the botrytis and sheer weight/ripeness drowns out the subtleties and distinctive elements from the winemaker's hand and vineyard. Not to mention that Kabinett/Spatlese are so versatile with food.

At 11:37 PM, Blogger Glen said...

Can you really have too much riesling? It's just so good.

At 10:29 PM, Anonymous Wine Rambler said...

I would find it very hard to be without Riesling for an extended time - especially now with summer around, the ideal time for a nice, light Kabinett.

At 1:09 PM, Blogger Des said...

" Life out side of riesling"!Being a long time German wine enthusiast and having just driven back from a week's wine tasting in the region of Wurttemberg ( fourth largest wine growing region of the thirteen in Germany),I can confirm that there is a wide range of white wines that are excepional in taste and quality and dryness from trocken ( dry) through halb trocken ( half dry) to the fruitier wines. Ones to try include the Rivaner, Kerner, Traminer, Weissburgunder ( Pinot Blanc), Grauburgunder,( pinot Gris)and Muller-Thurgau.Considering that the region produces mostly red wine ( 70%) which most people would probably not know, these white wines are deffinately worth a try. Trawling the net for German wine, I came across one web store that specializes in South German wines at competitive prices. The site is www.germanwinestore.co.uk Enjoy


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