Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling 2009, Zimmermann Graeff

The label of this (unpleasant) bottle of Riesling, featuring some funkyish blue graphics

You know how German wines are unfairly shunned on account of a reputation for sickliness garnered by the years of Hock, Liebfraumilch and Blue Nun? You know how getting some people to try a glass of German Riesling is like persuading Fidel Castro to front a Gilette ad campaign?

Well, let a doubter taste this Piesporter Michelsberg and you’ll set back the cause a decade or two. Because it’s cloying, over-sugared, facile. That kind of stagnant sweetness that leaves a residue of post-boiled-sweet-overdose gank in your mouth for about an hour afterwards.

Okay, so it’s not an expensive Riesling. But, hey, I’ve drunk plenty of great Rieslings at this price. I hoped we’d left this kind of thing behind.

So leave off persuading your friends to pick up a bottle of Zimmermann Graeff’s Michelsberg. You’d be better off pitching Castro that ad idea of yours.

Rating ☆ (0 stars)
ABV 9.5%
Price £5.99 from Majestic Wine

4 Replies to “Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling 2009, Zimmermann Graeff”

  1. Oh No!

    A 0 star rating! Well, thanks for the honesty, I love Riesling and wave the flag when I can so if theres a duff one on Majestic it’s good to know!

    Cloying is not fun! Keep posting, love your reviews.

  2. CJ just tried to sample Piesporter Michelberg here http://bit.ly/fTIeh3 – perhaps he should be relieved to have failed!

  3. Wine90 — I know! As I just posted on Twitter, being disappointed by a German Riesling is like being stood up by your best friend. Hurts all the more. Thanks, as ever, for your words.

    TSB — Christ alive, it sounds as though CJ’s experience rather puts my own discomfort in the shade. I enjoyed reading that…

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