Mosel - Germany
From the Bottle
'A crisp, fruity and refreshing Riesling from the mineral-rich slate soil of the Mosel valley. It is an ideal companion to midly spicy stir fry dishes and Indian curries or simply serve as an aperif'
Price £6 -£7 Available at Asda and Sainsburys
First and foremost let it be known that 'I LOVE SWEET WINES!'
It's not really fashionable to be seen to like anything but brut in wine world and I've never really understood why. Off dry, demi-sec and full on syrupy thick dessert wines can be absolutely fantastic if they have the right amount of flavour and acidity to match the residual sugar.
Not only do they tickle the taste buds, but they also match so well with foods dry wines just can't stand up to.
On the nose this wine has gorgeous aromas of honeysuckle, lime, mandarin oranges and stone fruits and what I love is that all of those flavours come through on the palate as well! There is obviously some sweetness observed but there is lovely lively acidity that follows to perfectly balance it.
Although recently changing, most people think that you get more bang for your buck the higher in alcohol a wine is. Firstly, I guess it because it gets you drunk quicker (but hopefully we don't just always just drink to get drunk.) Secondly, I imagine it's something to do with the mouthfeel. Alcohol is one of the things we take into consideration when we talk about the body of the wine. More alcohol (and other things) equals more body. This wine at 8.5% is pretty low in modern standards but let me tell you now this does not mean that this wine feels thin and like you haven't got value for money!
This little beauty would be a perfect accompaniment to fruity and spicy dishes like mango/avocado salad with a chilli and lime dressing or a maybe a nice bit of chicken with a slightly sticky sweet glaze.
Rating - Buy it now!
Deutscher Landwein - Rhein
From the bottle
Soft and gentle, this smooth and floral easy drinking white is perfect on its own or wonderful with chicken or fish.
Price £3.75 (Available from Asda)
Let's face it, Germany has never been a by word for sexy. Vorsprung durch Technick, more Wurst than you can shake a stick at and replacing your blood with beer at Oktoberfest (which probably makes the aforementioned taste like food crafted from gods own fingers) all spring to mind, but sexy no.
It's European neighbours on the other hand are all sexy. France, Italy and Spain seduce us all with their romantic based languages, warm climates and long lunches, which all go hand in hand with having a glass of wine in your hand at any suitable opportunity.
And so, Deutschland has probably never been the first place to think of when purchasing wine, especially for the slightly longer memoried of us who recall the absolute reputation disaster that was 1985 Austrian diethylene glycol wine scandal in which a number of Austrian wineries were found to have added antifreeze to their wine in order to mimic the sweeter, full bodied taste of late harvest wines. Unfortunately for Germany this brought to light that they were using the cheaper imported Austrian wines to blend with theirs and pass them off as more expensive German wines.
Now, whilst blending other wines is naughty in wine world and against many wine regulations, I don't personally see as being a terrible thing especially if it produces an even better wine. However, if you drink antifreeze it can damage the liver, kidneys and brain and in high enough doses be lethal.
BUT, this is all in the past. Rightfully, millions of bottles were destroyed, people were arrested, fined and imprisoned.
And so with that little history lesson over I shall get to the crux of it all, which unfortunately isn't half as exciting as all the knowledge I have just imparted.
This is a simple wine and thus demands a simple review.
On the nose this wine was weak although citrus and white grapefruit could be picked out. Coming to the taste it is medium sweet and has a smooth, thick mouth feel. Citrus is observed on the palate with honey makes a fleeting appearance, as too does the acidity. A 'nothing' wine which nether offends nor enthrals and leaves the mouth quickly.
Rating - Wouldn't turn down a free glass
Yenda, South Eastern Australia
From the bottle
'Aromas: Strawberry, musk and freshly crushed grapes
Flavours: Fresh strawberries, candy floss and green apples...'
Price £5.99 (Available from Asda, Waitrose and Ocado)
Today there was a solar eclipse (which I did not manage to see) however, it was also the start of the astronomical season. That is to say that from now on the daytime is longer than the night.. huzzah! and it really did feel like the first day of spring.
The sun was out and I felt actual heat, so what better way to celebrate than with that most summery of wines, rose.
This pale salmon looking rose, smelt like strawberry bonbons and lemonade and tasted like it to. With a perfect amount of slight fizz, this sweet wine (made from Muscat grapes) is very easy drinking although the taste does leave the palate quickly and it feels pretty thin.
Definitely not a serious wine and only for those with a sweet tooth, but if that's you then this is a great choice to enjoy with friends at a (hopefully) sunny summer picnic in the park, as the lower alcohol means you (again hopefully...) won't get too tipsy!
Rating - Definitely worth scraping your pennies together