Buitenverwachting Rhine Riesling 2004 vs. Thelema Rhine Riesling 2002

April 15, 2011
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 1 Comment

Lean, mean fighting machines.

Apropos of nothing at all, two local Rieslings last night: Buitenverwachting 2004 and Thelema 2002. If Sauvignon Blanc is ready with its favours and therefore sometimes a bit facile, then what was so enjoyable about these two wines was their restraint. The Buitenverwachting (abv 11.5%) showed firmness and an invigorating acidity, the Thelema (abv 12.5%) was a little fatter with a certain waxiness about it. Wines that aren’t simply about overt primary fruit can still be hugely rewarding.

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  1. Meridian Wine MerchantsApril 18, 2011 at 1:40 pmReply

    Interesting that they were such old vintages, yet seemed to have withstood the ‘test of time’?

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