A couple of affordable Rieslings: Germany and Alsace

It’s Riesling weather. Warm and spring-like. Here are two that I’ve recently enjoyed.

Fritz’s Riesling 2009 Rheinhessen, Germany
11% alcohol. This is what Riesling needs to do to revive its popularity. Nicely packaged, this has a pithy, limey nose with some ripe apple notes. The palate shows pear, apple, lemon and melon notes. It’s fresh and off-dry with a hint of sweetness, and lovely fruit. 89/100 (£8.99 Majestic)

Trimbach Riesling Reserve 2008 Alsace, France
13% alcohol. A remarkably lemony wine. Lean, fresh, precise and citrussy with intense fruit and high acidity. Bone dry, with real focus. Needs food – tending towards austerity. 88/100 (£18.50 Wine Direct, www.winedirect.co.uk)

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