Wine Column: Brighten Your Spring with Fresh, Floral and Fruity Rieslings
As flowers burst into full bloom and the evenings get a little warmer & lighter, The WineBarn would like to recommend some of our favourite terrace wines. And as 13 March marks Riesling’s 587th birthday (since this fine grape was first recorded in 1435), we present to you three excellent Rieslings, of three different classifications. Which one will you choose to celebrate with?
Wirsching 2018 Iphöfer Julius-Echter-Berg Riesling Grand Cru dry Franken
£40.90 per bottle
Weingut Hans Wirsching’s 2018 Iphöfer Julius-Echter-Berg Riesling scored 90 points in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2021, achieving the prestigious silver award. The distinctive mineral notes of this Riesling reflect the terroir of the renowned Julius-Echter-Berg vineyards. Aromas of ripe peach, honey, melon and grapefruit define the character of this Grand Cru. This white wine is spicy, strong yet smooth, with herbal flavours, whilst fine citrus notes provide a pleasant tension on the palate.The crisp yet subtle acidity gives the wine its delicately structured body and truly animates to the next sip. Its lingering finish allows for even longer enjoyment.
Kranz 2020 Ilbesheimer Westerberg Riesling Premier Cru dry Pfalz
£23.90 per bottle
The vineyards near Kleine Kalmit Hill, where the grapes of this Riesling were grown, are extremely calcareous and rich in clay. Combined with the cool temperatures of the site, the grapes grow ripe, healthy and with a crisp acidity. This Premier Cru has elegant flavours of exotic yellow fruits with hints of lemongrass. Finely balanced, it has a fresh juiciness, soft acidic structure and salty minerality in the finish. A harmonious wine with great length.
Allendorf 2020 Save Water Drink Riesling dry Rheingau
Protected by the Taunus mountains, along the river Rhine between Wiesbaden and Lorch, Allendorf’s vines grow under ideal conditions for producing Riesling grapes. This delightfully fresh, light Riesling has aromas of fresh grass, pineapple and apricots. This Riesling is easy to drink and the perfect accompaniment to fish, asparagus, shellfish and veal.
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