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Buitenverwachting Rhine Riesling 2004 vs. Thelema Rhine Riesling 2002

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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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