Tuesday, 22 April 2014

From the Tasting Room : Wittmann Fass 68 Riesling

Mention Riesling and everyone already has their preconceived ideas: sickly sweet, tongue-tinglingly dry, cheap, expensive, Australian, German; the list goes on. With the variety available today, none of those are wrong; it also shows there is a Riesling out there, somewhere, for everyone, due to the sheer range on offer.

Today's Riesling however, the Wittmann Fass 68 Riesling, is a German wine with a pedigree stretching back as far as 1663 in the southern Rheinhessen. The family's
commitment to quality lead to them moving entirely to biodynamic farming in 2004. We really like how they convey their passion and consideration on their website:
"The length of an estate’s viticultural tradition really says nothing about the quality of an estate’s wines. Perhaps, though, it does say something about the bond one has with the piece of land that one cultivates [and through biodynamic farming] our soil will remain healthy for future generations, too."
Wittmann Fass 68 Riesling 2012

The aromas didn't leap out of the glass but had a real delicacy. A flinty note brought with it bright lemon sherbet, creamy curd and even some sweet tart in there.

With a nose like that, the palate couldn't fail to be lemony too - really juicy and fresh but still with that sherbet element. It's worth pointing here that the wine was trocken (dry) with a really zippy, lively, acidity. Freshly-cut, juicy, Granny Smith apple straight from the fridge on a summer’s day with some fresh peach and grapefruit notes. The perfect dry Riesling.

Wine details:
Wittmann Fass 68 Riesling 2012
Rheinhessen, Germany
12% abv
£13.99 per bottle*

Alex, David and Adam
Averys Wine Bloggers

* The Wittmann Fass 68 Riesling 2012 is currently on special for £12.99 per bottle in 6's and 12's. Click here to find out more.

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