BIRMINGHAM WINE WEEKEND
Tatti’s Top Four Rieslings
Celebrating International Riesling Day with Harvey Nichols
For International Riesling Day, we asked Harvey Nichols Wine Specialist, Tatti Sukamongkol, to introduce this very special grape and share four of his favourite wines.
Tatti Sukamongkol is responsible for all things wine at Harvey Nichols Birmingham. A specialist in his field, he is passionate about wine and spirits and hosts regular tastings in the Mailbox store.
‘’Rieslings are a white grape variety that originate from the Rhine region. They are an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity.”
Tatti considers this versatile grape to be the noblest of all grapes. ‘No matter how long it’s been aged for, there is no sacrifice to production as it does not lose its acidity.’
So, in no particular order, here are Tatti’s top four Rieslings…
Producer: Dandelion Vineyards
Expect notes of lemon sorbet, green apple, candied citrus peel and dried herbs finishing with a delicious salty minerality. Delicate and crisp, its racy acidity cuts through the fattiness of deep-fried food wonderfully and refreshes the palate between mouthfuls of spicy dishes.
Producer: Domaine Rolly Gassmann
Gassmann is known for wines that possess a wonderful elegance, softness, and drinkability. Bright, crisp, and crunchy it reveals hints of blossom, toast, peach, apricot sorbet and lemon zest. Best enjoyed with flavoursome firm flesh fish, white meats, grilled cheeses, and spicy dishes.
Producer: Emmerich Knoll
Expect floral notes of honeysuckle and apple blossom, citrus, lemon oil, apricot sorbet and white peach. The intensity and racy acidity will soon tell you that this wine is still just a baby, so we recommend also tucking a few bottles away, because it looks set to run and run, improving with each new year. And bottle-aged Riesling is a thing of immense beauty! This is a dry but still a very rich Riesling that is commended for its bright, and juicy style.
Producer: Jos Prüm
This epic and vegan-friendly wine balances sweetness perfectly with crisp acidity, making it extremely versatile for food matching. Consider this a highly gastronomic Riesling with perfumed scents on the nose that accompany the taste of mango, blossom, ripe pear, lychee, and honey.