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!