For the last couple of vintages we have recanted from complete austerity and decided to leave a few gms of sweetness – i.e. the 2016 Rallentando has 2gms/l residual sugar. This has the effect of softening the austerity in the early years of its life. Regardless of when you drink your Rallentando though, there is no hiding its steely citrus character which is what we want to shine through.
So the palate is lemons and limes (with not much of the granny smith that is common in other dry Rieslings). This lively attack means Rallentando is at its best with food – chicken and fish – where refreshing the pallid palate between forkfuls is important to all dilettantes.
Perhaps Hillary and Donald could make up over a bottle of Rallentando? Doubt it for a bloke who said “If Hillary can’t satisfy her husband, what makes her think she can satisfy America”.
Ragtime is off-dry with a distinctive citrus character, lively acidity, well suited to gossip. Best food match is lightly spiced Asian cuisine. Fish and chips are also fine if not so sophisticated. Will cellar admirably, but best timing for complexity with retained acidity is between year 4 and 5. Good luck with your self-discipline.
Ragtime is said to be a favourite of the ubiquitous Bill Clinton as he accompanies his tightly coiffured wife around the hustings. One veteran commentator said Bill was definitely a bit past it as he grabbed the microphone from Hilary muttering, “I did not sleep with that woman, I didn’t inhale dope but I do admit to my weakness for Coney Ragtime.”