Black Tower Fruity White

GOING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS – A BLAST FROM THE PAST

As always I spent Christmas back in the UK with my family. My Dad, sister and I (the three family winos) spent many a night down the local pub guzzling wine whilst our trendier family and friends drank gin and tonic (OK I admit I did also have a few G&Ts and the odd Baileys – it was Christmas after all 😁😁. Come to think of it there might of been a few shots in there as well 🤪🤪).

I have mentioned in previous posts that wine drinking in the UK goes through trends and wine varieties can come and go in fashion overnight, making and breaking the fortunes of the dedicated wine makers. It seems an old faithful wine variety has swung full circle back into fashion – the German Reisling. 

Back in the 70s and early 80s when I made my first forays into the world of wine, German white wines were all the rage. Made predominately from the Reisling grape, they are usually medium sweet wines with exotic fruit tastes. They were pushed out of fashion by the trend towards dryer wines and a wholesale shift to Chardonnays from the New World wine makers. But now they’re back! A Reisling wine was on every wine menu I looked at over Christmas which was not the case earlier in the year. My Sister, always ahead of these trends, bought a Reisling wine to go with our Christmas dinner, one that we all remembered from our youth and I believe one of Germany’s biggest wine exports – Black Tower.

It’s had a definite make over since the 70s. It used to come in a tall, solid looking dark bottle with a black label. All very stolid and Germanic. Now it has a white label with blossoms on, a much lighter image. Still the same wine, though both I and my sister thought it was less sweet than before. Mind you 30 odd years have passed since the last time we tried it, and we’re both getting on a bit now, so I wouldn’t rely too much on our memory. Having said that I was transported back in time on the first sip and it was like visiting an old and dear friend, so I don’t think it’s changed that much.

This wine is actually made from a variety of grapes from various areas which the wine maker declines to publish (typical old wine industry!) but apparently these mass produced German wines are usually made with the Muller Thurgau grape and who knows maybe some Reisling thrown in though this tends to be more expensive, so perhaps not. It’s pale yellow in colour. At the time the room was filled with the heavenly scent of a Christmas roast, so I was wasn’t really paying too much attention to the scent of the wine, but it is fruity. It tastes distinctly of pineapple with only a slight acidity and a medium finish leaving you with a mouthful of exotic fruits. It is still a medium sweet wine. I personally prefer dry wines and can find the sweet ones too sickly to drink in any quantity, but this one went down quite easily, possibly because it is quite low alcohol content. It is a bit like alcoholic fruit juice. I was able to polish off a few glasses.

Name: Black Tower
Colour: White
Year: 2018
Grapes Muller Thergau
Winery: Reh Kendermann
Country: Germany
Region: Various
Quality Classification: Table Wine
Alcohol: 9.5%
Price: £5.00

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