Morrisons Mosel Riesling Auslese 2012

By | November 13, 2013

AusleseWhen I’m in Morrisons‘ it’s generally for the fish counter, they have a really good selection of fish and shellfish.  They’re pretty good on fresh fruit and veggies too.  I’ve never really sought out their wines, but there I was in Morrisons’ and I panic bought a Riesling Auslese.

I’m not sure why, it was just sitting there, out of place, on a river end full of Ribena.  Maybe I felt sorry for it, maybe I thought it was destiny, either way, I had no real explanation for it.

It looked bright, clear and pale, and smelled reassuringly of both grapes and a citrus blend, bits of grapefruit, orange and lime, but none really defined.  It was sweet.  Not, wait a second, is it Christmas already sweet, but certainly sweet enough to need to be really cold, and light, with about 8% alcohol.  It tasted good, rather grapey, but citrussy too, a bit more orange peel came out as it cooled, and maybe a bit of peach.

This would be a great wine for a picnic, or to serve a glass to guests who don’t want too much in the way of alcohol.  For me it fell a little bit between being too sweet for easy drinking, but not sweet enough to be luscious as dessert, and lacking the glamour of Asti (yes I know you don’t think Asti Spumante is glamorous, but you’re wrong, it is, and if you disagree I’ll throw my Campari and Soda at you).