Lunch at the BFI today, on the south bank of the Thames, near Waterloo. The Benugo restaurant is actually pretty good, and I had a very well presented starter of duck egg on salad, followed by a perfectly cooked fillet of sea bass on some wilted spinach.
All was washed down with Fred Loimer’s Lois Gruner Veltliner 2010. This is a really cracking wine for the money (inexpensive by restaurant standards at £30), and it’s beautifully packaged.
The subtly green glass brings out the fresh, green colour of the wine. The label is clear and elegant, but has a novel twist. If you pull away (using an indicated tab) the back label, with all the legal information, it reveals a picture of the vineyard. It’s a clever, fun twist.
The wine itself is taut, fresh, pithy and really fruity, with a peppery, spicy edge. It’s beautifully judged. Forgive the poor quality of the camera phone pictures: I just wanted to show the innovative packaging.