Schloss Reinhartshausen, Riesling Trocken 2012, Germany
There’s still a great deal of misunderstanding and stereotyping surrounding the wines of Germany. For now, the bad old days of dirt cheap, poor quality Leibfraumilch and Piesporter still cast a shadow in the eyes of many consumers. It’s such a pity because, as many other wine lovers know, Germany makes some of the best and most scintillating wines on the planet – great Rieslings of course, but increasingly other varieties – white and red – too. This is a terrific example of a dry Riesling (the single word ‘Trocken’ on the label signifies that), that is just brilliant – in every sense of the word. Aromatically explosive, the nose sings with summer meadows, crunchy ripe apples and zesty lemon, before a palate that is pristine and cool as a cucumber, yet with plenty of fruity punch and a dazzling citrus finish. Just delicious with a creamy risotto. 90/100. £12.95, FromVineyardsDirect.com. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions.