Winninger Uhlen Riesling Kabinett von Heddesdorff 2007

Germans never use three letters when it is possible to craft a word from three k’s, four ch’s and at least two consecutive f’s.  W also features prominently.  Perhaps it was a German who extended the short form “world wide web” into the excessive and unnecessary “www”, possibly the only acronym with three times as many syllables as its original “long” form.

Perhaps it belies a Teutonic predilection for taking more time than is sensible in the name of quality, or detail at least, and if this applies to winemaking, this may explain some of the prices of German Rieslings I have seen recently.  And I bought most of mine before Sterling/Euro parity played havoc with my holiday plans.  I don’t suppose Angela Merkel would have welcomed me to her country anyway, given her views on Gordon Brown’s “world saving” economic initiatives.

Winningest Riesling?

Mind you, the current exchange rate will prevent me from buying European wines in 2009, unless the Wine Society, who supplied me with this 2007 von Heddesdorff Kabinett for £9.99, can absorb the increases because they hedged the Euro.

Freshly mown grass, peach blossom and lemon sorbet give way to a little golden syrup.  As delicate as fetherlite yet as exciting as ribbed.  Much too good for the sex-mad Germans.  No sex here please, we’re British.

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