The aromatic Riesling grape – especially made into a medium-dry wine like this one – is a fabulous pairing with curry; the grape’s fragrance and natural sweetness stand up to the heat and help tone it down.
As with most Rieslings, this German number from M&S is pretty high in acidity which really balances out the grape sugar left over from fermentation and – as important – makes it a refreshing contrast to any hot spices. A drink with high acidity will also encourage your mouth to water which helps it deal with the heat!
Whilst this wine isn’t actually that low in alcohol, it’s worth pointing out that Riesling from the Mosel can often be lower in alcohol than other wines. Lower alcoholic drinks partner well with spicy food in minimising, or avoiding, that warming feeling (that we all find from drinks over a certain ABV – my ‘sensitivity’ is around 12.5-13%) when consuming an already punchy dish. Those of you who have had the misfortune of battling through a Thai green curry, for example, with a high alcohol – and a tannic red, in particular – will know what I mean: the alcohol will compete with and intensify the heat. Not fun!
So what to expect from this wine in terms of flavours? Well there’s a lot of ripe peachy almost tropical fruit, such as mango and guava, on the nose. It’s still there on the palate but is toned down with a great whack of lemon curd and also a bit of lime, a flavour which I tend to associate with Rieslings wherever they may come from around the world. This wine is actually produced with grapes from two distinct sites on the western periphery of Germany: the more northern, cooler Mosel flanking the River Rhine and the sunnier, dryer Pfalz which is further south. I certainly picked up the sun-warmed peach and apricots associated with the latter’s warmer climate. There’s also a slight prickle on the first sip – it’s definitely not as ‘sparkly’ as petillant or frizzante – but there’s something there and on the mid-palate, there’s a hint of stony flint supporting the ‘Mineralstein.’
At a glance
- Style? Off-dry white wine
- Where is it from? Mosel & Pfalz, Germany
- What’s the grape? Riesling
- Tastes of? Ripe lemons and limes, mango and peach
- What food would complement it? Curry or anything spicy. Try with Pumpkin with Coconut Dressing & Vegetable Ceviche