Morrisons Riesling Auslese Mosel 2012

Morrisons riesling 2012Germany 8%

I’ll keep this review short, my son picked this up for me while shopping in Morrisons, not really knowing what he was buying only that he knows I like Riesling and more importantly it was on special offer. The bottle itself is fairly non-descript and the wine although fairly one dimensional and simple it was surprisingly enjoyable.

This was supposed to be semi sweet and it was, you really needed to drink this well chilled as it started to get a little sickly and cloying as it got warmer. Looked nice enough in the glass fairly bright straw like colour with a nose of honey and lemons but in the background if you took a big enough sniff there was a hint of puncture repair kit.

When really cold, first sip was very pleasant, a mouthful of sherbet lemons hits you first along with apricots and maybe some peach. It was fairly sweet but it didn’t feel to sickly especially really cold and it was nice and light on alcohol coming in at 8%.

Overall, nice enough, easy to drink, nothing complex, nothing to really dislike about it unless you don’t like wines on the sweet side. I don’t know how much my son paid for it but knowing him and the bargain hunter he is it must have been fairly cheap but it was an nice gesture and it was an ok simple wine.

6corksMy Rating 6/10 Corks

Darting Estate Dürkheimer Michelsberg Riesling 2012

darting estate(450 x 600)Germany 12.5%

I’m really becoming a big fan of German wines from especially from M&S including their fabulous Palataia Pinot Noir and now this lively, spritzy and crisp  ‘Darting Estate Dürkheimer Michelsberg Riesling’. So it’s time to slip on the Lederhosen and Alpine hat for a quick taste of Germany in the shape of this pretty decent dry white wine.

Aromatically this has a brilliant nose of peaches, honeydew melon, orange peel and pineapple but still has that oily rubbery petrol smell (which actually smells a lot better than it sounds).

First taste this was dry, crisp, tangy and had a spritzy finish almost like having a mouthful of ‘Space Dust’ which at first was a little unusual. Ripe Honeydew melon, peaches and pineapple were all there with perhaps a touch of honey. Although this was fairly dry there was a hint of sweetness on the finish.

So for me, another great German find, one I would recommend with or without food even with the spritzy finish this is a very good ( Sehr Gut ) Riesling.

8.5corksMy Rating 8.5/10 Corks

Marks & Spencer £9.49

The Society’s Saar Riesling 2012

If someone asked me to describe this wine, the first thoughts that come into my head would be refreshingly vibrant, slightly sweet , floral and pretty, (bit girly , I know) but that just about sums this wine up.

saar riesling(450 x 600)

Germany 9.5%

The bottle in question is the Wine Society’s entry level Saar Riesling 2012. Described as Medium /off dry which I would disagree with, for me it was more like medium sweet although the sweetness wasn’t cloying or syrupy but surprisingly fresh and cleansed the palate beautifully.

Initially not too much aroma wise but the bottle was very cold, as the wine warmed up in the glass there was a hint of honey, pears and something flowery (don’t ask me to pin down the flower).

Taste – as I said earlier this was quite sweet with a medium finish. There was a little bit of toffee apple about it, honey lockets but with tingly acidity.

Paired it with Roast Pork and it complemented the dinner perfectly.
Alcohol level of 9.5% meant the bottle could be finished without reaching for the parecetamol.

Entry level it may be but overall it was very enjoyable.

7.5corksMy Rating 7.5/10 Corks

Wine Society £9.50

Peter & Peter Mosel Riesling Trocken 2013

peter&peter1(450 x 600)

Germany 12.0%

Staring to drink a lot more German wines these days and I have been pretty impressed with most if not all of them.  This Peter & Peter Mosel  Riesling Trocken (dry) made by a family owned company called ‘Zimmermann Graeff & Müller’ (ZGM) under the leadership of chief winemaker Peter Griebeler , (not sure which Peter he is ?) have made a very nice dry fruity and extremely drinkable Riesling.

I always seem to break out a bottle of Riesling when curry is on the menu and this time I’m very glad I did. The curry in question was a homemade Thai –ish chicken curry made by my son who told us it was mild, mild it wasn’t, tasty it was, paired with the wine it was a match made in heaven.

Firstly don’t serve this wine too cold, I did and it definitely tasted better as it warmed up. In the glass it was a lovely golden straw like colour with aromas of apples, lemons, limes, apricots and slightly peachy.  Tasting it on it’s own it hits you with zesty limes that give you that kick of mouth watering acidity, the peaches, apricots and ripe apples then come through a oily coating giving that traditional Riesling taste. It was fairly dry with just a hint of sweetness but it when sipped after a mouthful of aromatic  fiery curry that it really began to shine, complementing the heat and spices like no other drink could.

peter&peter2(450 x 600)This was a very good wine for the price and if paired with Asian or Oriental food especially anything spicy it was even better than very good.

One thing I found strange was the bottle cap had a & symbol printed on it, why not P&P (postage and packing, I hear you cry) still found it strange !

8.5corksMy Rating 8.5/10 Corks

Tesco around £7.50

Palataia Pinot Noir 2012

palataia (450 x 600)Germany 13.5%

Sunday lunch with family, having Roast Pork, so what do you drink with it? I bet the first choice wouldn’t be a German Pinot Noir but I have to say it turned out to be an inspired choice. The Bottle in question is the Palataia Pinot Noir 2012 from the German Pfalz region, one of the most seductive and elegant  Pinot’s I’ve tasted for a while.

Decanted this for around an hour or so although tasting it straight off it still tasted pretty good.  In the glass, lovely colour bright, delicate and see through with wonderful aromas of strawberries, red cherries and the longer you hovered with your nose over the glass the more interesting it became with a meaty , gamey and herbal undertone.

Around the lunch table the first sips were greeted with sighs and a universal surprise at how nice this really was.  Beautifully balanced with fresh red berries and that meaty, herbal flavour,  slightly sweet and a little spicy kick to finish with. Paired  brilliantly with the Pork cutting through the fattiness and rich flavours.

A Pinot Noir to rival a more expensive Burgundy and a German one at that. German Precision is often talked about, German elegance not so much, drink this and it will change your perception.  At around £8.99 this is the best sub £9 bottle I’ve bought for a while.

8.5corks

My Rating 8.5/10 Corks

M&S £8.99