In a Nutshell: German Wine Classification – deciphering the label

I really do want to encourage more people to consume German wines and in particular German Riesling as they truly are well worth the effort but I understand how confusing and non-user friendly many labels can be. As I referenced in my last post on Riesling, the German classification system is a tricky beast and one that I don’t want to go into too much detail on as I suspect it will confuse more than assist. So there is…

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Spotlight – Riesling

This is one of my favourite grape varieties and luckily for me, for some strange reason - aside from wine critics who adore it - the general public appear to be rather adverse to its charms and as a result it offers terrific value for money.  I say “for some reason” but I know the reason (probably!) and you can blame those popular sweet wines (and I use the term loosely!) of the 1980s: Black Tower, Blue Nun, Liebfraumilsch….need…

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Wine Reviews: Scheurebe and Spätburgunder

I attended the recent Wine Barn German wine tasting principally as a bit of research for my  next blog on Riesling but wanted to flag up a couple of wines that I thought were really intriguing and absolutely lovely that may be new to some readers. First up from the Franken region: Wirsching 2016 Iphöfer Kronsberg Scheurebe Alte Reben Dry Scheurebe is a variety not seen much outside of Germany and Austria which is a shame as this cross…

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Wine Review: Testimonio Reserve Blend 2014

From the Luigi Bosca Bodega in Mendoza (Argentina) comes this quality red blend: dominated by Cabernet Savignon (50%) and Syrah (35%) with the lesser known Tannat grape completing the blend and providing a bit of extra tannic bite. This is not a wine for the faint hearted, it’s big, bold and richly textured with plenty of bright fruit on the nose and palate: blackcurrant dominates (it reminds me of Ribena!) but there is also a deft herbaceous edge to…

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The Gum Vineyard, Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2016

A lot of commercial entry level Aussie Shiraz comes from very warm locations and the results can be very big wines (alcohol in excess of 14%) that are both jammy and confected – fruit bombs with no style or substance. This is not one of those wines! This Shiraz has a lovely balance of fruit, tannin and acidity – thanks to being grown at altitude in the cooler Adelaide Hills in South Australia, the diurnal temperature range ensuring the…

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