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.
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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).
Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.
Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world. Matthew is also the creator of his ground-breaking initiative, the One Day Wine School, an indulgent day of tasting and learning first performed in 2006.
He has been the MoneyWeek wine correspondent since 2006 and has written a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 1999. His four highly-acclaimed, annual wine reports – the Burgundy En Primeur Report, the Bordeaux En Primeur Report, the Piemonte Report and the 100 Best Australian Wines – are published on his website, www.matthewjukes.com.
Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’. He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner.
Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy. His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.
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