“It’s been two months since my last Riesling review” *said in a confessional voice*
That’s quite restrained for me as I’m such a fan of this intriguing and aromatic grape. Many professional wine folks preach the “gospel of Riesling” but this varietal doesn’t really seem to have broken into the mainstream. I think this is because, in the UK at least, many people think Riesling > Germany > Sweet wines my parents used to drink > Yuk! In fact, most of these wines contained very little Riesling at all; they were mostly Sylvaner and Muller-Thurgau.
Devil’s Rock Riesling 2011, produced in the Pfalz region of Germany, is part of that country’s ”new wave” winemaking with a trend towards drier styles. In fact, this wine isn’t bone dry. It’s an off-dry style but it’s still excellently fresh because of Riesling’s naturally high acidity.
Pale lemon in colour, the wine has an oiliness when you swirl it in the glass. This is normal for Rieslings. It doesn’t have a very strong aroma – maybe just a bit of peachiness. Certainly no petrolic notes which you can get with this variety. The flavour however is more distinctive. A hint of sweetness is followed by zesty lemon and a grapefruit tang.
I think this would be a good gentle introduction to the grape for drinkers who are more comfortable in Sauv Blanc territory. Possibly the wine isn’t complex enough for the Riesling purist. Although, The Analyst imaginatively described it as ”sweet then sour, then grapefruit, then something else…multifaceted. Like lots of different vistas on a journey.”
I think you could drink this on its own but I’d try it with gently spicy and not too full-flavoured Asian food. The alcohol level, by the way, is 11.5%.
Devil’s Rock Riesling 2011 is sold by the Co-operative for £6.75. However it’s on offer at £4.75 for the next seven days. Seize the opportunity and give Riesling a go!
W.O.W. Factor 6.5