Tag Archives: Riesling

Weekly Wine – Mosel

7 Jun

Schmitt Sohne Mosel Gold Riesling
2015
Germany
750ml
11% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

I thought that this wine would give me instant diabetes.
When I picked it up at the store I thought it would be sweet and just shrugged – accepting my fate.
It is sweet – but not too excessively. Perhaps I’m a bit biased because I’m having a bit of a sweet-tooth crisis at the moment and enjoying sweet stuff. This wine fits this bill I guess.
It is fruity – that is to be expected. It has the taste of an early harvest basket – pears, apples and peaches predominantly. The wine has a nice crispness to it. A nice little bite. There are no harsh over or undertones – except for the sweetness.
I like the look of the bottle but the label makes it look like an inexpensive wine. The back label has a caricature of a stereotypical German in lederhosen which also adds to the ambiance of cheap frivolity. If the labelling gets fixed, I’m sure they’ll start charging more for this wine.

 

 

 

 

Weekly Wine – Riesling Gewurztraminer

18 Mar

SONY DSCHardys Stamp Series Riesling Gewurztraminer
2013
Country
750ml
13% ABV
$9.90 (LCBO)

I wasn’t expecting much from this wine.
I was not expecting grimaces and loathing.
I was not expecting love and joy.
Australian wines have gone upmarket in recent years. They came in as cheap (inexpensive – affordable – accessible) wines several years ago. But now they are up there – costing as much as the “good stuff’” – well the more expensive stuff.
Australian wine is good, Always has been – as far as I know.
This Hardy’s Stamp series is interesting. I believe they used to be in the 12 to 15 dollar range. They seem to have come down in price to get that elusive market share. The quality is the same from what I can tell.
This white wine is a fair wine. Not too heavy but not light. Rather sweetish, but not too much that it makes ones teeth hurt.
It’s a “meh” wine.
OK for the price.

Weekly Wine – Riesling

5 Nov

SONY DSCJaszbery Etyek-Budai Riesling
2012
Hungary
750ml
12.5% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

I approached this wine with great trepidation.
I had the
red wine a while ago. It used to be one of my favourite wines but it is nearly undrinkable now.
Ominously, this wine has a similar label – which incidentally is a very lovely label. It is the same winery.
My fears are warranted I think.

I tossed the bottle into the freezer. I need this wine chilled to the point before freezing occurs. I do have bad feelings about this wine.

The wine is cold and not bad. But then again, at about 3 degrees Celsius, there is not much taste. There is just a body of wine.
As the wine warms up to the recommended temperature of between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius, the flavours start to kick in. They are not too pleasant. The sulphites are there but also something metallic. It is a weird off flavour.
Back to the freezer this bottle goes.

Weekly Wine – Fünf5

31 Jul

Fünf5Fünf 5 Riesling
Germany
750ml
9% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

There is always a danger when getting a German white wine. They tend to be sweet. Especially the inexpensive ones. They sometimes are so sweet that they will put soft drinks, like Coke, or 7up, to shame.
Fünf is sweet, but not so much. More fruity than sweet, it is a nice drink to close out a glorious summers day. It has a nice balance of flavour that does not diminish when the cold leaves the glass. Truth be told I am quite taken by this wine as it is a perfect summer wine.
The bottle is striking, having a white plastic wrap and very sparse lettering. The look is a bit too trendy. The marketing drivel on the bottle encourages the customer to, “add a little Fünf to your life.” OK I get it — “Fün begins at 5” the label says.” We all knock off work at five. This wine seems to be a development of brand marketing professionals. I would have preferred to think of this wine as the fifth blend that the winery made. The wine is great. The marketing a little obvious.