Saturday, January 24, 2009

Salad & Wine

One of my favourite salad dishes..and I have become more a lover of salads recently. Good 'Feldsalat' is a seems the translation is Lamb's Lettuce...but I can't remember seeing it in other countries. This was mixed here with 'Rucolasalat' (Rocket)..the two lumps are goat's cheese wrapped in bacon....delicious..believe me.

Flick Herrgottspfad Riesling 2007

Rheinhessen, Germany
A first vintage for this wine...the best from this young family concern.
Soft delicate nose..prickly fruit..trace of pears..and then a grapefruit-like acidity....minerals to the fore..a decent drink. A glassful left in the bottle was tried 2 days later. All the edges and 'youth' had gone..a soft delicious mouthful...real velvet..what a difference.
A bargain at around € 7,--
Points 15 (Day 1) Points 16 (Day 3)

Salwey Henkenberg Weißburgunder *** G.G. 2007

Baden, Germany
One of the reasons I am not a big fan of the grape in Germany is...
they are usually overblown..and most have a touch too much alcohol. This is instantly different..with a more stone and mineral style..and only 12.5 %. A nose of ripe pears..smoke...some vanilla from the Barrique...
The vineyard Henkenberg is ideally situated..sun pure...and is a 'First Growth' (Grosses Gewächs)..citrus aroma developed...lies gracefully on the palate...good long finish. Salwey knows how to please..
A wine that should age well..and I suppose I really should leave a bottle in the dungeon...
Incidentally..this was voted a top Weissburgunder... 94 points in a recent tasting....
Points 17...but maybe because I am not a WB freak....yes I know..lay one down..yes...yes...maybe

Salwey Spätburgunder 'RS' trocken 2006
Baden, Germany
The Flagship wine from this excellent grower. Easy to divulge...ripe fruit..classy oak smell...sour cherry..upfront..earthy style..dry..nicely to drink..but still serious..not going anywhere..drink it over the next year or two..
Points 16.5


Joe said...

That Weissburgunder sounds awesome, by the way - what's the hangup?! And what is the purpose of a salad if you cover it in bacon and cheese? :)

Barry said...

It's my salad....and...don't knock it til you've tried it!!!!!
I know..the Weissburgunder was very good....I also have the Grauburgunder....maybe I will be more appreciative when I try that....