On the pour: Eva Fricke’s Rheingau Riesling
Author: Sophie Thorpe
2016 Rheingau Riesling, Selected by Eva Fricke, Germany
What is it? This bone-dry Riesling hails from the steep slopes of the Rheingau, made by the talented Eva Fricke, one of the most exciting producers in Germany today. She champions sustainable viticulture and the expression of place (rather than sweetness level) with her steely site-specific Rieslings.
Why’s it different? This particular wine – made from parcels of fruit she has carefully “selected” (but not farmed herself) – is crafted with early-drinking in mind, laden with juicy lime and white peach. White florals, an intense mineral, chalky character and its deliciously vibrant acidity make for a very serious yet moreish wine.
What should I eat with it? Switch this in where you might be tempted to go for white Burgundy – its zesty intensity will stand up to more than you might expect (especially for the price tag). Excellent as an apéritif, it would also be delicious alongside roast pork, your Christmas goose or even a Boxing Day gammon.
How much? £1 for a taste, £16.95 for a bottle
Drop into our London shop at 63 Pall Mall to taste it for yourself.