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