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3 March, 2010

Buitenverwachting Rhine Riesling 2008—Wine Review

Comments : 5 Posted in : Riesling, White Wine on by : The Gourmez

Buitenverwachting Rhine Riesling 2008
South Africa

Even after much swishing, the nose is elusive. Some grass, some lime, maybe.

I thought it was bubbly at first, which definitely confused me, but it’s just so bright of a wine that it seems bubbly.  The lime from the nose is there with mellow grapefruit and mint. It’s like drinking a Smartee and has the same level of sweetness as those candies.

I like this wine a lot, which is great because I’ve been in a riesling dry spell. They’ve all seemed too sweet and mediocre lately, and I’m glad to have found one I enjoy again.

3 stars

3 stars

Other Bloggers’ Thoughts:

So I was searching for other reviews and what did I find? That I drank this wine at a wine dinner a few months ago! The write-up of that review is here. I was mainly struck by the lime then and didn’t enjoy the wine quite as much overall. Perhaps my drought of good riesling options has made me appreciate it more?

Oeno Log on the 2005 vintage

A dry, windswept plain of stark minerality, or perhaps like drinking plate glass. With such an endless (but featureless) horizon, I’d like a little more persistence on the finish, but this is a pretty good wine anyway, and there would seem to be potential.

Reviewed 2.21.10.


5 thoughts on : Buitenverwachting Rhine Riesling 2008—Wine Review

  • David Payne
    March 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I’m always interested in finding a good riesling, even more so when I don’t have to break my piggy bank to get at it.

    I really need to make it out to the east coast so we can have dinner some night.

    My current favorite and standby is always Columbia Winery’s Celermaster’s Riesling.

  • March 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    You never have to break the piggy bank for the wines I choose. I’m still cheap, except if I’m having a multiple course dinner out, that is. Yes, you should totally come out! Of course, I’d be happy to visit AZ some time, too. My problem is that there’s so many people and places to visit, I have a hard time choosing where to go next! I’ll remember the Columbia Winery choice–do you get it from a wine store or just the grocery store?

  • David Payne
    March 5, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    You can often find it at the more expensive grocery stores, or places like AJ’s Fine Foods. I have even seen it at Costco from time to time. though my first experience with it was from the Cambria Wine Shop in Downtown Cambria.

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