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Reinhold Haart, Piesporter Goldtröpfchen, Riesling Kabinett, 2010

There is nothing unusual with me drinking Mosel Riesling from the village of Piesport. Quite the opposite in fact - it would not be far off to call this my favourite tipple. This time it was unusual though as I tasted the Kabinett from the Goldtröpfchen vineyard blind, against a much cheaper Mosel wine produced for the export market.

Why would I do that? It is a long-ish story, but if you care you can read it in my open letter to Waitrose. For the moment let's just say I needed to demonstrate what a good wine from the Mosel village of Piesport tastes like.

And I was not let down. The colour of the Riesling is a little more on the paler side of straw, but with a nice touch of gold - and a few tiny tiny bubbles at first. The bouquet is one of glorious peach and herbs, spiced with lemon and a touch of faint chilli. The herbs are just lovely - think herb candy - and go nicely with the caramelised fruit aromas and a touch of aromatic vegetable. All these elements appear again on the tongue, making the Riesling a joy to drink because of its good balance between caramelised sweetness and acidity that ends in a lovely finish with a zing aftertaste. Mineral lurks in the background too; a real joy to drink!

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