Another German Winner
Would you like a break from the usual Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio? There are some terrific examples of those grapes out there but I had been looking for some alternatives recently and hit the jackpot with the Lorenz at Karwig’s in Carrigaline. And I still have some Riesling and Gruner Veltliner to try from that visit.
Lorenz Bioweingut, Weisser Burgunder, Rheinhessen 2011, 13%, less then €14.85 approx., Karwig Wines
I had to think
twice when I saw this label; the Weisser Burgunder means Burgundy white, in other words Pinot Blanc. Also had to think twice on first tasting as this was such a gorgeous step up on previous Pinot Blancs.
Colour is a light gold with tinges of green. Aromas are refined and the taste is something else. The entry is accompanied by a pleasant little tingle, followed by delicious fresh fruit flavours; it is quite intense and dry with a good finish.
John Lorenz is a young organic winemaker for whom Joe Karwig has a lot of time. Reckon Joe and his customers are on to a winner here. Very highly recommended.
Knappstein, Clare Valley Riesling 2011, 12%, €14.00 approx., The Ventry (Dublin).
Australia’s Clare Valley is one of the top Riesling areas in the world and this Knappstein is a gem.
Colour again is light gold with hints of green. I found lemon and lime on the nose, floral notes also. And even traces of the trademark petrol but you’ll have to seek it out! Lemon and lime flavours too in a lovely balanced friendly, almost creamy, mouthfeel and then a crisp dry finish.
Made from hand-picked fruit, this award winner is quite a treat and is Highly Recommended
Sella & Mosca’s Abidoru, Vermentino di Sardegna 2010, 12%, €10.95 approx., Karwig Wines
Fresh citrus and floral notes hit the nose while colour is pale straw. On the palate, it is crisp and dry with a lively fresh entry. Apple and lime flavours in a medium body. A simple well-balanced wine, ideal as an aperitif or with grilled fish. Recommended.
Vermentino, also known as Rolle in Provence, is a late ripening white grape variety and is widely planted in Sardinia where Sella & Mosca are leading producers.