#newwinethisweek Week 28 – World Champion Riesling, Germany
I was chuffed to bits about Germany winning the World Cup on Sunday as it meant we had no option but to go for German Riesling this week… and it just so happens to coincide with #31daysofriesling… never in doubt was it?? Mike kicked the week off on his blog with some selections from Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Majestic and Spirited Wines:
Personally, I love Riesling from all over the world (you may have notices plenty of words and articles on the subject!) but I need very little persuasion to open up a bottle of JJ Prüm… as I will most certainly be doing later on this week!
Riesling originated in the Rhine region of Germany and is the most planted variety in the country. The real home of Riesling is found on the beautiful steep, south facing slopes of the Mosel Valley, overlooking the stunning chocolate-box villages below. German wine is still suffering from the awful Hock and Liebfraumilch that filled supermarket shelves in the 80′s but please, forget all you know, go back with an open mind and you will not be disappointed.
What style of wine is in the bottle isn’t always the easiest to determine but here are a few useful hints and tips that will help you determine the level of sweetness in the wines. The word “Trocken” on the label means dry (halbtrocken = off-dry) and there are more and more trocken wines available these days
For dry/medium style:
Kabinett – light in body with high acidity and a touch of sweetness
Spätlese – means late harvest, often fuller in body and medium sweet
Auslese – more body and more tropical flavours. Increasing number of dry wines at this level
Sweet wines (and very bloody expensive!):
Beerenauslese – individually selected, over-ripe grapes
Trockenbeerenauslese – even sweeter, more concentrated, and more expensive!
Eiswein – the grapes are picked when frozen to concentrate the juice even more. Worth reading about as this is a remarkable process
Without further ado, here are plenty of recommendations for this week:
The vote will take place on Mike’s blog this week so get yourself a bottle of this wonderful stuff and see it soar to the top of the #newwinethisweek leaderboard!