Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Weingut Dr Deinhard Riesling 2007

Pfalz, Germany, $248, cork seal
I picked this bottle up at Salen Fine Wines, one of a surprising number of independent wine retailers in Yuen Long. The guy working was pretty enthusiastic about it, though I'm not sure if this was due to the wine or because they're the sole Hong Kong importers. The wine itself comes from the town of Deidesheim in Pfalz. It's classed as 'Spatlese Trocken'; a late harvest dry wine and has a rather confusing label splattered in long Germanic words.

Weingut Dr Deinhard Riesling 2007 is a pretty, bright, sparkling gold colour. The nose is just as alluring with whiffs of talc, honeysuckle, wizz fizz and dried pear. It's really got a beautiful aroma; soft, subtle and enticing. After a sip the first thing I noticed was the lovely tingling, almost tickly acidity. I'm actually a bit torn by this wine's flavour. Structurally it's excellent with a nice mouth feel - fresh but round, good length and well integrated alcohol. But the palate lacks excitement; sure there are suggestions of apple, lemon balm and honey, yet nothing really grabs me. This divinely aromatic wine would match well with many foods, though I wonder if it's worth the money.

Visit winery website (German only).

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