Time to wake up the tastebuds

Dandelion Vineyards Riesling 2012, Eden Valley
Dandelion Vineyards Riesling 2012, Eden Valley
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Spring is a great time to wake up the taste buds and it’s also an opportunity to wake up the wine in your glass with less muscular reds and more zesty whites.

Finca Contancia Parcela 52 Verdejo 2012, Vdlt de Castilla (oxfordwine.co.uk. £10.99) will awaken the palate. Verdejo is one of Spain’s indigenous grape varieties and this is full of peaches, green herbs and fennel with a hint of a oak in the background, before finishing with fresh citrus.

Truly Irresistible Pinot Grigio 2012, Marlborough (Co-op £9.99) is another nice wine from the Co-operative’s new-ish range. Really fresh with aromas of spicy pear, melon and a touch of blossom, the palate has a little more weight than many Italian examples of this grape with apples and pear notes and makes a nice aperitif.

Dandelion Vineyards Riesling 2012, Eden Valley

Wow! If this doesn’t wake up your taste buds I’m not sure what will, why it almost tastes of spring!

The aromas of lime, green apple and guava almost assault you and on the palate there is more of the same with zesty acidity, minerals and a long, precise, dry finish. I enjoyed this with some Thai fishcakes and a green salad.

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