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Wegeler Rudesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spätlese 2002I understand that many rave about Riesling being the epitome of fine wine making. These people see the poise, quality, long life and expression of terrior while not overshadowing the grapes inherent characteristics, as representing the very best of the classic grapes.

Me? I don’t give a monkeys. Dessert wines aside, I just don’t like the grape.

I would rather not drink something akin to kerosene (aged Riesling) and when young most taste of little more than lime-splashed sugar water. Some of the mineral and lime Australian dry Rieslings I do enjoy; it might just come down to the European versions (generally) being low in alcohol. This is a bit strange as the weighty wines, often with an inkling of sweetness (thinking Pinot Gris, New World Chard’s) are just what I enjoy. Alternatively high acidity as found in New Zealand Sauvignons is another characteristic of Riesling; love the former; ignore the latter. OK, so I WILL drink Rieslings; I just wish I was drinking something else, that’s all.

In the spirit of Wine Blogging Wednesday a bottle of German Riesling found its way into the fridge. The Riesling range in Waitrose was rather impressive. Ranging in price from £6.99 up to £15.99 I do wonder how many they actually sell. Good to see a distinct lack of those Germanic scripted labels put down as one of the main reasons for disappointing sales of German wine over the last few years.



White Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spätlese, 2002, Rheingau, Germany.

Stockist: Waitrose Price: £9.99 [More on Adegga]
Rather a surprise in the quality here – nicely judged acidity balanced with a under-ripe pear and lime flavoured lightly sweet palate. Honey on the nose. Fresh crisp acidity and no noticeable kerosene from a wine still young from the 2002 vintage. Alcohol 8%.
The Dr Wegeler estate was founded in 1882 and is now run by the 4th generation of the same family.

Scribblings Rating – 86/100 [3.25 out of 5]

The picture is a little dark (taken late in the evening) but highlights the wines (and sweeter Rieslings in general) affinity with spicy food. The dish is Chili Beef Ramen from the Wagamama Cookbook one of favourite ‘oriental’ cookbooks. A white wine with beef! Almost as radical as me drinking a German Riesling!

6 Comments »

  1. Peter May says:

    Allellujah!!
    Someone prepared to admit Riesling is the most overhyped, most underperforming variety!!

  2. Tim says:

    Sorry you don’t fancy Riesling Andrew. Sounds like the one you tried was decent.
    Cheers,

    Tim

  3. Douglas says:

    Courting controversy, Andrew!

  4. Andrew says:

    Sometimes one has to make a point; especially when they are right! :-)

  5. Dale Cruse says:

    I couldn’t disagree more. But each of our palates is different!

  6. Lisa says:

    Yikes! I want both the noodles and the wine right away!

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