When the French release a wine there’s fan fair and dancing, price wars and road trips. Take Bordeaux’s annual en primeur campaign and Beaujolais Nouveau. Other wine producing countries have similar wine occasions too but often they go under the radar for their more modest approach. Take the Germans for example. Good at football, making cars and general efficiency but when it comes to wine they’ve struggled to reclaim the hearts of this nation that once couldn’t get enough of their wines and frequently fail to get the attention they deserve amongst the wine drinking masses.
On the 1st of September every year the Germans release the Erstes Gewächs or Grand Cru equivalent of the previous year’s vintage. On the 6th of September this year they bought their 2011 Rheingau Riesling Erstes Gewächs to London to showcase their wares. There was no flag waving or fancy dinners, just a modest and matter of fact introduction to the ‘ultimate quality dry Riesling in the world today.’
Riesling as a grape is exactly what the UK palate should lap up, it’s white, aromatic, unoaked, fresh and fruity and comes in a range of finishes from bone dry, off dry and so on up to super sweet. Some can be truely wunderbar and it has long been the ‘next big wine thing’ but its true renaissance has yet to blossom. There are loads of attractively priced Rieslings from around the world, a great one if you like it dry is Cono Sur’s Reserva Riesling 2011 from the Bio Bio Valley in Chile, £8.99, it won a Regional Trophy for dry Riesling at last weeks Decanter World Wine Awards and is available at Tesco.
Back to Germany and we have a different story…. read the full post here….