Rheinkilometer 501

KM501 RieslingA basic entry level German Riesling on screw cap that I got at a local supermarket here. Opened it two days ago and it was quite green, phenolic and almost harsh on the palate. But all that changed with the introduction of oxygen in a span of 48 hours – the wine turned out to be a lot smoother, a bit more integrated with distinctive green apple flavours, bright acidity and a touch of sweetness amidst its somewhat warm finish. I wondered if it has anything to do with the transition of leaf day to fruit day (today)?! Not quite the elegant and floral Mosel Riesling that I’m used to, but for RM33 a pop, I’d buy this again instead of some big jammy fruit bombs at much higher prices. Chill this really well if you wanna give it a go. And definitely grab something to eat with it.

1999 Franz Künstler Hochheimer Hölle Riesling Beerenauslese Goldkapsel

Franz Kunstler Hochheimer Holle Beerenauslese Riesling 1999Quite a memorable bottle after a huge line-up of red burgundies on a late weekday afternoon. A very beautiful amber-gold colour and a clear meniscus; aromatic, floral, dried apricot on the nose; intense dried apricot, caramel, sweet (but not cloyingly so) on the palate but refreshing, light and elegant; medium-plus acid and finish. A word of caution – I didn’t jot down any notes so those were just the impression that I had on the wine.

take-out + riesling = dinner

roast chickenkailan with lotsa lardvon schubert riesling spatlese 2002braised chicken rice

Just a simple no fuss dinner with some chinese roast meat takeaway and a bottle of German Riesling (I drank it all!). I think I’m addicted to the roast chicken from this particular stall at Toa Payoh Central, but their soy-based braised chicken was less than inspiring, sadly. Next time I’ll just stick to their roast chicken and fatty roast pork. I literally had to stop myself from consuming too many of those deep fried lard pieces (in those kailan)! Anyway, the 2002 Spatlese Riesling by Von Schubert had a bright canary-yellow core; lifted aromas of yellow flowers, honey, fresh cantaloupe and spiced pears; ripe limes, lime peel, sweet n sour green mangoes on the palate with medium to medium-plus acidity. Finish was not as long as I hoped it would be but quite a refreshing drink with all the food. I won’t recommend drinking this as a dessert wine at all – probably best served just slightly chilled as an aperitif or with some light food. A slight whiff of TDN was detected but that was pretty subtle and forgivable. I could easily drink lots of this given its 7.5%v/v!!!

2009 Fromm Winery Riesling Spatlese, Marlborough, NZ

2009 Fromm Winery La Strada Riesling Spatlese Light straw core with a clear meniscus. Floral, white flowers, fresh lime peel and a touch of white pepper on the nose. Off-dry to medium sweet, ripe limes, and fresh apricots. Juicy. Medium acidity; medium-minus finish. Not a very complex Riesling (at present) given its young age but quite pleasurable. Sugar/acid balance is there as it wasn’t cloyingly sweet and still left my palate feeling clean after a few sips. Quite Mosel-like – at least I thought so.