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The task for the June round of Wine Blogging Wednesday is to investigate a wine with an alcohol level below 12.5%; a tricky task in these days of headie 15%’ers. As luck would have it I received three wines recently that all come in 12% and all hail from Germany. Red wine from Germany is not something you see that often in the UK. I don’t imagine they are hugely expensive, they are screw-capped and in litre bottle size. One was selected at random for today’s Wine Blogging Wednesday which this month is hosted by Tim at WineCast.

Wine Tasting Note: Weingärtner Cleebronn-Güglingen Samtrot Lemberger, 2004, Württemberg, Germany.
Samtrot and Lemberger are the grape varieties, the latter perhaps better recognised as Blaufränkisch from Austria. Samtrot is Müllerrebe or the ‘miller’s grape’ and is a local mutation of Pinot Meunier which I have seen described as “Germany’s closest shot at Beaujolais”. This is a light wine, almost rosé in hue with a gentle red fruitiness on the nose. Palate is dry, very light in tannins, gentle acidity with a pleasant enough fruity flavour. The grape varieties are often described as giving the German equivalent of Beaujolais and in this case they are not wrong. Very drinkable, very very drinkable on a warm summers evening but nothing that really grabs your collar and hurls you around with excitement. Alcohol 12%. A little sediment was in the bottle.

Scribblings Rating – 88/100

Weingärtner Cleebronn-Güglingen Samtrot Lemberger

1 Comment »

  1. Shawn says:

    The 2007 Samtrot from the same winery is fantastic!
    Very, very, very…(well you get the picture) drinkable.
    As are many more of varities from Weingartner.

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