Drinking Outside The Box

With Simon Woods – wine for people who have a life

 

Bishops Head Riesling 2008, Waipara, New Zealand (£11.33 Private Cellar)
A good balance between sweet and sour, with tangy citrus and apple flavours and a touch of mineral set against a honeyed sweetness – add in the floral, petrolly notes and you have a rather tasty wine. B+

Cave de Turckheim Tradition Riesling 2009, Alsace, France (£8.99 Majestic)
Dainty young wine, with a ripe citrus tang and a stony/pebbly mineral edge, light yet full of flavour, and with a steely structure that suggest it has a few years still ahead of it. S-

Schieferkopf Sylvaner par Michel Chapoutier 2009, Alsace, France (£11.00 Wimbledon Wine Cellar, Noel Young Wines, Cellar28)
The dry burnt sugar, smoky, spicy notes, juicy lychee and ripe orange flesh and touch of ash (think the day after the BBQ) initially suggest that the wine might be top-heavy, but there’s a crisp mineral backbone that holds it all together with panache. S

Paul Blanck Gewürztraminer 2009, Alsace, France (£13.99 Waitrose)
Offers the classic ginger, lychee, rose petal and Turkish Delight flavours, with some honeyed crystallised orange flavour thrown in for good measure, but never descends into top-heavy oiliness. Lovely refreshing finish too. S(-)

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