I Love Reviewing Fine Wine – A Late Harvest Riesling From Israel

The Teperberg winery was established in the Jewish quarter of Old Jerusalem in 1870. During more than century it produced sacramental wines. In the 1990s they moved to table wines and since 2002 Teperberg has been making better quality wines. Their total production is some 4 million bottles a year. The white Riesling grape should be a good candidate for a Late Harvest wine, which tends be very sweet and is often consumed as a dessert wine. Of course, we like to try new combinations. This wine is sold in a small bottle but given its sweetness and syrupy quality people often drink less of it. A word to the foolish, don’t overindulge, you can get sick. Today’s companion wine is a German Riesling at about one third the price, ounce for ounce.

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Wine Reviewed
Teperberg Silver Late Harvest Riesling 2007 10.5 % alcohol about $20.

We can start by quoting the marketing materials. “Tasting Note: Light golden, with moderate sweetness offset nicely by natural acidity and a relatively low alcohol content (about 10.5%), opening to show dried apricots, honeyed apples, and a good hint of pepper. Lively and fresh, as good as an aperitif as a dessert wine. Drink now-2011. Score – 88. (Daniel Rogov at the kosher wine report website, July 20, 2008).” And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was quite thick and syrupy. It was delicious. The initial meal consisted of commercial pancakes that featured zucchini and other vegetables. The Riesling was mouth filling, tasting of burnt sugar. It was quite long and a little bit went a long way. Fresh raspberries thickened this liquid, which tickled the tongue.

My next meal began with spinach basking in sesame seed covered puff pastry. Our Israeli friend was very round and very long, displaying caramel and honey. A boxed Baked Ziti Siciliano did not alter the liquid’s response. Fresh blackberries brought the wine’s caramel to the fore.

The final meal featured kube, which consists of ground beef stuffed inside jackets made of ground rice and ground chicken breast. In response the drink had a smoky and burnt taste along with candied orange. It was dark for a white wine. I got lots of caramel, a very pleasant sweetness, and balanced acidity. When paired with boiled potatoes cooked alongside the meat, the libation’s power increased. It was mouth filling. Fresh strawberries softened without shortening this nectar. Once more, caramel was definitely present.

Final verdict. I really intend to buy this wine again both as a dessert wine and to accompany meals. I really plan to try some of the winery’s other offerings.

Levi Reiss authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, but prefers drinking fine wine. He teaches computers at an Ontario French-language community college. His global wine website www.theworldwidewine.com features a weekly review of $10 wines and a whole lot more. Visit his Italian travel website www.travelitalytravel.com.

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