A futuristic and memorable German red

Expect this cool, slippery, startlingly attractive style of relatively light red wine to catch on here, says Matthew Jukes.

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2015 Weingut Anette Closheim, Rouge, Nahe, Germany (£11.75, Oddbins).

If you asked a middle-aged British wine drinker to expound on the virtues of German wine, they would, no doubt, focus on the riesling grape, mentioning off-dry wines and perhaps some of the drier styles that are being made today. If you asked a young, German wine drinker to give you an overview of the wines they are drinking, then reds would feature as much as whites.

My featured wine this week is a futuristic and mightily engaging "Rouge". Made from sptburgunder (pinot noir), cabernet sauvignon and dornfelder, and aged for 12 months in oak barrels, this is a fascinating wine with an aroma that I have never encountered before. The brightness and texture of the sour cherry and blackberry fruit is astounding. The packaging is eye-catching, too. It is clear that Anette Closheim has a finely tuned palate and it is no surprise that her wines are very popular in cool wine bars and upmarket restaurants in her home country. This is cutting edge, great value red wine and I can see this cool, slippery, startlingly attractive style of relatively light red wine catching on over here.

Modern, vital, delicious and memorable these are the characteristics that the wine world is trying to achieve today. I didn't think that I would be adding Germany to my list of countries that is achieving this aim with some of its most alert and engaging wines.

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).

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