So Germany take on Portugal in a World Cup game neither wanted to play. I’ve opted for an affordable, everyday German wine. I ‘d thought about having one wine from each team, but decided against it as I’ve just had the sofa cleaned and was concerned that if I held the glass of German wine too close the Portuguese glass would fall over.
So it’s a Dr L Riesling 2005 from Tesco for me. Dr Ernie Loosen is one of the best commercial wine brands coming out of Germany at the moment. They’re making consistently good, attractive, drinkable wines. Dr L is their entry level range. The fruit isn’t all from their own vineyards, it’s some leftovers blended with fruit bought on the open market.
The bottle is approachable with no scary-German typeface on it and it has a screwcap. It’s a very pale green, and attractively bright. It smells fresh and youthful with some stone fruit and apply crispness.
It’s off dry with refreshing acidity, although there’s a hint of sweetness from the volume of fruit. It’s a light bodies wine and low in alcohol at just 8.5%, making it perfect for midweek drinking with dinner. There’s plenty of peaches, nectarines and fresh apricots, as well as a little zip of lemon. There’s a mineral tang to the acidity which keeps it fresh and palate clearing.
At around £5-6 this is a well made, good value wine. It’s easy to see why Decanter chose Dr Loosen as their man of the year. My only concern is that this could get expensive if I start to work my way up the Dr Loosen range. I guess I’m lucky I tried it for Germany’s last game.