Black Tower re-launches
16th May 2010
The Big Brother effect and the launch of their premium range of wines.
Black Tower - the definite wine icon of the 1970’s and staple of dinner parties across the
Black Tower is a global brand that divides the community. Some members enjoy the wines, others won’t touch them. Many wine writers are extremely sniffy about
With that in mind, we were happy to accept our invitation to taste their new range of premium wines. Reh Kendermann, the brand's owner, had already unveiled a new bottle design for their flagship wine 'Rivaner' earlier this year. The signature black roughened glass has now been replaced with a new style, incorporating clear glass at the bottom of the bottle. It does make it easier for the wine buyer to see what they are getting.
Then came the announcement that they were launching these ‘special release’ wines. Three wines have been released, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir, produced from lower yielding vineyards in the Pfalz and Baden regions of
Well, we tasted the entire range in April, not just the premium wines. The star of the show from the classic range was the rosé. A beautiful soft wine with strawberry and rose petal on the nose, it slipped down wonderfully and would make perfect summer drinking. We have tasted so much alcoholic, heavy and flavourless rosé this year - this was a nice change. Their flagship wine 'Rivaner' is a refreshing, light aromatic wine with notes of lychee and green fruits. A good aperitif wine.
The premium wines were harder to judge objectively, especially the Pinto Noir. We like Pinto Noir with flesh and muscle on its bones, German Pinot Noir (known as Spätburgunder) can often be thin, watery and pinched, with a meanness of flavour. We were pleasantly surprised however by the premium Pinot from
Ultimately, we were very impressed with some of the wines we tasted and crucially they offered excellent value. It’s important that we don’t automatically dismiss wines because they are branded wines. What matters is the contents in the bottle, not a brands reputation. Look at Cloudy Bay! The