“ A fruity, light and fresh white wine, Black Tower is a German wine that is identified by its distinctive black glass bottle. At 10%, it is slightly weaker than most wines. „
I have read a few reviews on here about Black Tower wine and was interested to try it so when I saw some bottles for sale in my local Tesco I snapped them up. They are described as a fruity wine and although I knew this was not going to be an alcopop or anything like that I quite like fruitiness when it comes to my alcoholic drinks, such as having a lime in a Corona so this is why I thought I might like this wine.
The bottle were reasonably priced at £5.19 for a 75cl bottle which is a price I like to pay for a bottle of wine. I think this is a little on the cheap side but then I am not the biggest wine conosseur and so feel £5 is an ok price to pay for something cheapish. I think I would pay a bit more for a nicer recommended bottle of wine but I was pleased with the £5 price tag. We have quite a few Christmas parties we have been to and still coming up and most of them involved either having alcohol at our house or taking a bottle to someone else's house and what I really liked about these bottles at the moment is that they have a black and white snowflake design on the top of the bottle so they look very festive and were perfect gifts for our Christmas parties.
On the bottle the wine is described as wonderfully easy to drink with fresh fruit flavours of pineapple, lime and ripe mango. The white wine has a very light colour to it, it's almost a light yellow colour. Obviously as a white wine it's best served chilled and I actually put an ice cube in my glass because I think it's nice to drink this really chilly.
The white is very light and crisp and I can taste the fruitiness in it more so than other white wines. I would say that this is a really nice drink to have just on its own as I think it might be a bit too sweet to drink with food but as a party celebration wine it's been really nice and our guests have also commented on how nice it is so I would say its a wine everyone can enjoy responsibly.
Black tower wine has been around for a long time, and while it may have been popular in times gone by it has fell out of favour in recent years with people becoming slightly snobby in respect of wines. Although I had seen it in the supermarket many times I had never been tempted to buy it. I always thought the bottle was very striking and stood out on the shelves but I always erred on the side of caution and stuck to what I knew. However at a recent girls night in one of my friends brought a bottle of this along giving me a chance to finally give it a go. I must say I was pleasantly surprised; it is a lovely smooth and fruity wine, slightly sweet but not sickeningly so. I would go so far as to say that I found it to be a very refreshing drink.
I have now bought this quite a few times, having developed a bit of a taste for it. And there is always the added bonus that it is frequently on special offer in my local supermarket. I have noticed that there is a couple of different variation such as a Rose and a red so I may have to sample those also.
What else can I say, it's a lovely wine that is very pleasant to drink and isn't to expensive. What more could you want?
I remember Black Tower being the drink that we had with Sunday lunch as far back as the 70s. It seemed that this was the popular wine along with Blue Nun and so these were the first wines I was allowed to try. Liebfraumilch was trendy and it was not really the done thing not too like it.
I don't know if it is because this was so awful that I now always drink red wine but it was not something I would look forward to. It was a tug of war between accepting a glass and being considered a grown up or just sticking to the soft drinks. It was always watered down for me at 15/16 so I thought that may have been the problem but at a house party in the summer I got the chance to try it again. We were told there was a 70s theme so I bought a bottle to take with me. It was £3.99 which I thought was a bargain for a bottle of that size - 75cl.
For me nothing had really changed and it still had an awful taste and a lasting after taste. It could be that I am used to the sweetness of red wine but this seemed unbelievably dry and I missed the sweetness that usuallly comes with my normal wine.
There was something a bit different about the wine this time and one thing I can think is that they now have a screw top and not the cork that was used in the 70s. It also seems to be fruitier and while this may have been an attempt to win back a lot of the customers that have been lost it does not do a lot to improve the taste.
The bottle is probably the best thing about it and in keeping with the name it is tall, narrow and black. It does look as if it is an expensive wine and as it is German I would have expected a lot better. It is a successful wine and as I am far from an expert it could be that it is genuinely good quality, but I cannot see or taste it. There are a lot of different types made by the company and as I have only tasted a couple I won't write of the entire company but the white is hard to take to.
It is a light wine and this was one thing that I would say in its favour. It is also thin - I know that must seem strange to say about a wine as it is a liquid, but having got used to the texture of red, it did seem to be thin and watery. The aftertaste was still there and I managed to get out of accepting another one as I was driving and went onto soft drinks.
Drinking this is does not appear to be like drinking alcohol and that can be worrying as had I enjoyed it, it would have been easy to have another and as the alcohol content is around 10% it could be a costly and dangerous mistake.
Black Tower White Wine
This is a wine I always remember my mother buying on a weekend and since I became accustomed to drinking white wine myself I have bought a fair few of these in the supermarkets over the years.
The Black Tower wine is made in Germany and has been bottled for over forty years. It is a very popular wine across the world and they have a range of white, red and rose wines available to buy.
Black Tower white wine comes in quite a striking bottle compared to others on the shelf. It is an all black glass bottle that is very tall and thinly shaped. It has recently been upgraded/remarketed with a blacked out top half and a clear see through bottom half, so that you can see the colour of the wine inside and is also called 'fruity White'.
The bottle has a screw top, as a large number wine do nowadays for ease of opening. The label is simple yet stylish with the Black Tower branding written in bold black and red lettering and a gold castle motif.
The bottom of the bottle has a small band with the type - fruity white.
When you open the bottle of wine you get a nice floral and very fruity aroma, the white wine is a good rich yellow/golden colour when poured. Like the majority of white wines this has to be served very chilled to be enjoyed to its full potential, I think the coldness of the wine brings out the flavourings so more so than room temperature.
The wine has pineapples , limes and mangoes in it according to its ingredients list, but these are not strong or overpowering flavours and I just tend to get a nice fruity buzz from the drink. The grapes used in this are nice and soft and the alcohol doesn't taste too strong or intense, it is a sweet drink. It is incredibly easy drinking wine and flows down the throat with a lovely clean and crisp edge to it. I really like the fruitiness of this wine and it goes well with so many foodstuffs because of its neural fruity taste.
Saying this, it is not the best wine that I have tried, I would prefer a chardonnay or pinot grigio if I were having a nice meal or going to a friends house, but for simply sitting in front of the sofa this is a great, easy drinking and fruit filled drink.
This Black Tower white wine is widely available in supermarkets and wine shops generally retailing for around £5 for a 75 cl bottle. The ABV of this is 10 %.
After reading newby2's wine reviews earlier this evening I really fancied a bottle myself.
I ended up driving nine miles to the nearest supermarket I know of to where I am staying at the moment (and another nine miles back) to pick up a bottle of Black Tower white wine. It is one of my regular buys at the moment.
~ Price ~
I paid £4.88 in Morrisons for a 75cl bottle of Black Tower. It is occasionally on special offer for a bit less.
~ Bottle ~
The bottle used to be a dark glass, but this has now changed as this would easily be confused for red wine. The bottle is unique and therefore really easy to spot on the supermarket shelves. It is clear glass at the bottom of the bottle and then there is a label right around the middle of the bottle and then the top of the bottle is made from black glass. The back of the label advises to recycle this bottle in a clear glass bin.
It has a screw top lid, which is handy and easy to remove. The label around the middle of the bottle is white with gold bordering and the word 'Black' in black and the word 'Tower' in red lettering and there is a small picture of a tower in a little gold circle.
There is also a narrow black label on the bottom of the bottle which says, 'FRUITY WHITE' and 'Deliciously smooth and fruity' underneath.
The back of the bottle says, 'This deliciously smooth and fruity white wine is full of fresh pineapple and lime fruit flavours. Wonderfully easy to drink, it is equally enjoyable served chilled, on its own or with a variety of dishes'.
~ Taste ~
The wine is light and very fruity. It is quite sweet and I can taste the pineapple flavour although it is definitely blended with other flavours.
The wine is not strong and is 9.5% volume, which is a lower alcohol content than most wines, but it doesn't make much of a difference to the taste. It is perhaps not as heavy as other wines.
It is very refreshing - not dry at all. It has a nice tang to it, but it is not the most flavoursome I have tasted.
I prefer to drink wine at room temperature as I think that when it is chilled it loses some of its flavour and it is too easy to drink, which for me, tends to mean I drink it like it is pop and I don't get the chance to enjoy its flavours.
I tend to drink wine on its own rather than with a meal and I usually share my bottle with my fiancé (we have similar tastes in wine - either that or I tell him what to like, I'm not sure) , but on the odd occasion when I've polished off a full bottle of this myself it has not given me a headache or hangover.
I really enjoy this wine and it is one that we regularly turn to.
~ Overall ~
Overall this is a fruity, sweet white wine which I do enjoy. It is light and refreshing and not too badly priced.
To be completely honest, before writing this review (and drinking this wine tonight to help write it) I thought I liked this wine more than I actually do and would have ranked it as one of my favourites. Writing this review has highlighted to me that this wine isn't as flavoursome as I like. I prefer something a little heavier. Last week we tried J P Chenet's white wine for the first time (normally too expensive for me, but it was the first time I'd seen it on offer - found it on 3 for £10 in Asda) and it was really flavoursome and thoroughly enjoyable.
I do enjoy Black Tower and would recommend it to anyone who likes the sound of it and who enjoys white wine, but it is not the most flavoursome wine available and since coming to write this review and really taste and describe this wine to myself as well as you, I'm afraid I think it will be appearing less regularly in my basket.
==Black Tower White Wine==
I have been drinking wine for the past couple of years having never touched the stuff before and sticking to my spirits but now that my taste buds have matured it seems I like to have bottle of wine here and there. My wine of choice is usually a nice rose and we will often have a bottle shared over dinner. However after cooking a lovely Sunday dinner for my family the other week and inviting mum around she bought a bottle of this Black Tower with her to share.
I think it is a drink that she used to drink in her youth so she was keen to have another taste of it and rekindle some of the fond memories it was sure to bring back. As far as the price of a bottle of this goes it is not an expensive white wine and it cane be found in most supermarkets and smaller shops for around the same price and is often on special offer. She paid £4 for the bottle which contains the regular 750 ml of the drink.
The bottle is very distinctive and unlike any other white wine that you can buy as the glass is made from a black colour but still has a handy screw capped top to it. They have changed the design slightly in the recent years and the bottle is not totally black or dimpled like it used to be.
The bottle describes the wine inside as a "Deliciously smooth and fruity wine". The back states that it works well with chicken tacos or a sweet pork and chilli stir fry but can also be enjoyed alongside any food - at any time and for any occasion. Apparently black tower is one of Germany's most exported white wines and seeing as it has been around for so long you can tell by this that it is indeed quite a popular one.
The wine itself is a clear and crisp colour and the aroma is certainly fruity like the bottle describes it as. Of course it is a must that this wine be served super chilled and I always put a white wine in the freezer for a little while before serving to get it as cold as possible and I may well even put the wine glasses in the fridge too just to take the warmth off of them. The ingredients of the wine includes pineapple and mangos and I can really taste the sharpness of the pineapple and the sweetness of both this and the mango work well together making for a crisp and sweet wine which really is quite nice.
The wine itself has a 10% alcoholic content so it is certainly not as strong as some other wines we usually drink but after a couple of glasses you can tell you have had a drink. The wine is a good one and I can't say that I won't be drinking it again or indeed buying it for myself. However it is not as nice as some other wines we have ear marked as our favourites so unless it was on a really good special offer or mum bought another bottle for us it wouldn't be our top pick. It is an easy white wine to drink being sweet, fruity and very refreshing.
I think it is worthy of a good score of 4 out of 5 star rating and really the only minus mark being for the fact that I do prefer other wines more than this one. Still a recommended tipple!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read
Black Tower White Wine
The blast from the past for me, I thought this wine had moved onto the wine graveyard many moons ago but NO I was mistaken. A recent trundle around the Tesco supermarket has shown me that it is still there to adorn the dinner tables of the UK's households.
My first recollection of black tower was when I was about 9 years old (some time ago) and I drank some after my mother's dinner party. I am unsure how it tasted then as I probably had a mouthful of Christmas sweets at the same time. However I couldn't resist a bottle when I saw it at Tesco's and thought I would test out my years of "tasting wines".
The Black Tower brand has changed slightly and now comes in bottles that are clear as well as half clear and half dark. They were previously only in dark coloured bottles which was strange as this is a white wine.
You can now procure a Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Fruity White, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir or a Bubbly Pink. Their Chardonnay received the coveted Gold Medal in the Berlin Young Wine Trophy in 2009 and in fact this brand is one of Germany's best known wines.
The taste of the Riesling (which is the one I bought) is very subtle and fruity tasting, it has a crisp aftertaste but is very easy on the pallet. If you have ever drunk anything made out of elderflowers then the scented taste is not far away from that. (The flowers and not the berries as these are dark). I drank mine when we had a few friends around and with a bit of finger food (cold meats, olives etc) and the wine went very well with this type of meal.
I should say here I am usually a red wine drinker and not white but the nostalgic interest got me going enough to buy the bottle. However should you not fancy splashing out the £5.99 a bottle then you can buy a single serving from ASDA as they sell the smaller bottles at £1.48 although I have only seen the Rose in this size. But if you like it, then Tesco's sell it by the half case (6 bottles) which brings the price down further. Watch for Tesco special deals for this, normally on mix cases as well.
As I said something from my past which makes me bias to this product and in reality it is a good but wine that is easy to drink. I agree with other reviews here in that the taste is what matters and not the label, I like it so I buy it and drink it. Should you be worried about people thinking your stuck in the 70's then dont buy this wine. When I need a trip back to my childhood then this is the bottle to do it for me, like chatting with a childhood friend.
You won't find any wine buffs enthusing about this wine. It is generally held to be fairly and squarely within the naff category and few will admit to liking it. And yet, I suspect that a lot of us actually do like it.
If you are not familiar with wine, then a bottle of really expensive wine is going to be wasted on you. When I first started to drink this, it was way back in my college days. We bought it because it was cheap, it tasted pleasant (you didn't have to pretend that you liked the taste) and if you drank enough of it, it made you drunk - or, more often it made your girlfriend drunk!
I fondly remember an old college flat where the bedroom windowsill had about 8 of these bottles lined up with candles in them - straightforward Price's wax candles that is - there was none of this huge explosion in fancy candles that we see today.
I think Black Tower made a shrewd move at the time in making their bottle as distinctive as they did. Ok, it didn't seem to matter that you couldn't see through the black bottle to see how much was left - the fact was that you recognised it on the shelf and it was a fairly safe bet, because there really wasn't much to not like about it.
I have to admit that we almost never drink this these days, but we did have some last week at a friend's house, where it was served ice cold and tasted very pleasant. My wife had it as a spritzer and found the taste really refreshing. I found it really rather sweet yet strangely palatable. It was served as a dessert wine with a light fruit pudding and the bottle didn't last long between the four of us.
Black Tower is a light and inoffensive German wine and remains one of the top selling Rieslings in the home land. In my view, there is a lot of hogwash spoken (and drunk) about wine and to me, if you like something, then stand up and say so - don't think about whether or not it is a popular choice. I'll admit to enjoying two glasses of this last week in circumstances which worked for us. I wouldn't rush out to buy another bottle but for what it is, then yes, why not?
Black Tower is not a bottle of wine you would get out for special occasions, nor is it a bottle of wine that you would produce to your guests on a dinner party.
This wine is very cheap but tastes nice at £3.50 a bottle. It is a sweet white wine and I would class it the same as blue nun and hock.
It is a 70's wine, a wine that has been around for a long long time and has a reputation of not being a quality wine but very cheap.
However my partner and I love this wine on a Friday evening at home while watching the tv. It may be a cheap bottle but it still goes down very well.
This wine is found of the shelves of many supermarkets and found in off licences by the Lambini. This only shows the quality and price range of this wine.
I dont think this is like most cheap wines where you can tell its cheap and very difficult to drink.
It comes in a black bottle with a corked top. Personally I think it is quite a nice looking bottle. Very different from other bottles. Just by looking at the bottle you would know it was Black Tower
It may not be a particularly classy white wine, costing only about £4.20 for a 750 ml bottle - which equates to about 70p for a small glass of wine (125mls) - but classy or not, I actually really enjoy drinking Black Tower. It's one of those wines which are easy to drink and are appropriate to drink with even the lightest of meals.
The look of the bottle is very distinctive and is unlike any other bottle of wine on the market. It is a narrow bottle, which is black and slightly dimpled. It has attractive cream, gold and red labeling which stands out in stark contrast to the black bottle. Its easy to identify in any off-license or supermarket.
The Black Tower white wine is made from the Rivaner grape - which is widely grown in Germany and Luxembourg (I think!!). The bouquet of the wine is overwhelmingly fruity and zesty - and although it has a strong aroma, it is a light and pleasant smell which reminds me of summer evenings. When it is poured out into a glass, it becomes evident that the wine is still wine - and that its quite a deep and rich straw colour that is darker than most white wines of this type. However, it is smooth with no obvious sediment.
The taste of the wine the wine is heavy, although it is not overpowering - which means that it is okay to drink even with salad. It tastes fruity - and I get a slight hint of lemon and something more exotic like mango - which is fairly moorish. It has a fairly sweet aftertaste - which may be too sweet for some, but as I actually like sweet wines, this is pleasing to my palate! It is a wine that definitely needs to be served chilled because this seems to bring out the fruitiness.
A complaint....and I know this shouldn't be a complaint but it is(!) is the fact that its fairly low alcohol. A small glass doesn't even contain a unit of alcohol - and while this may be good for someone who is watching their alcohol intake - for me, its not a selling point!! Honestly, I'm not a raging alcoholic, but when I drink alcohol, I like to feel like I've drunk it!
Overall, I would recommend this wine for anyone who wants something easy to drink. Its the type of wine that I may sip on a summer afternoon in the garden while sat reading a book, or alternatively over Sunday lunch when you want something lighter.
This was the only thing I would drink at one stage, now I've slightly gone off it, although it's still a very reasonably priced and enjoyable wine.
** Bottle **
The bottle is black, which is a little annoying as its hard to tell how much is left, there's nothing worse then going to pore yourself a glass only to find there's not even a dribble left. As the bottle is quite heavy is also hard to tell if it's full or not. It has two stickers/labels on the bottle, one on the front (with the logo) and one on the back with the ingredients.
** Taste **
I personally think I became too familiar with the wine, I now find it slightly off putting. It's an easy going wine and has more of a sweet taste opposed to dry. It's a little fruity although it does remind me a little bit of cider. It does go down quite easily so be careful when drinking as you don't realise how much you have drunk before it's too late and the next thing you know your being filmed dancing like a muppet.
** Availability **
This product is available pretty much anywhere now, as I said previously, Tesco was the only place I could find the product but I see it in nearly every shop I go in now.
** Price **
As retailers are now becoming more aware of how popular this wine is becoming the price has seemed to of risen. I remember buying this wine for under £4.00 from Tesco not that long ago, however it's rare to find it for less then a fiver now. Still quite a reasonable price though.
** Overall **
Overall I would say that it's a good wine that is easy to drink. I cant suggest it to go with any specific food as I have yet to find any meal that the wine complements. I don't like to admit it but I guess I am a little bit of a binge drinker, I don't actually like alcohol, and if I drink its generally to get drunk, if your like me then this wine is perfect however its probably not the best way to consume alcohol and that really says a lot about the product. I don't think it has the same kind of quality as other brands such as Gallo etc but then for the price of it I think it tastes ok.
When it comes to wine I have to admit I'm really not a consiour of the stuff. I like what I like and with me being a lightweight with wine it's something I don't drink of huge basis. However with me staying with my mate at the moment, she does like an occasional glass of wine and a couple of nights ago this popped into our glasses along with a pasta meal when she treated us to a couple of bottle of the stuff informing me it was one of her favourites.
I have of course had this in the past as it's been on the shelves for years. Before my mother met my soon to be step-father she always had this, blue nun or a Liebfraumilch but my step-father soon got her out of that habit by purchasing mega expensive bottles of wine and calling this nats pi** and that was over 5 years ago he moved in and we have never had it since ,me I've never drank his expensive stuff and I never gave a thought to this again till of course the bottle was in front of me and I was drinking it lol.
It's a 75cl black tall dimpled bottle with a cork to the top of it which is initially covered by a bit of paper. The labels on it are cream with gold edging and the writing is in black and burgundy. On the front label I am told that it is White Wine, Black Tower, 2009 Rivaner and that it is made by H.Kendermann 'Excellence in wine making' and is 'Deliciously smooth and fruity white wine from the Rivaner grape'. On the back label other information includes being told a bit about the wine, the size is stated (as I've listed already), I'm told it is 9.5 vol and that the bottle contains 4 units and allergy advice is given. It's a nice and smart enough bottle though I guess you could argue by todays standards it is a little old fashioned in it's appearance but like I say it is nice enough.
The Wine Itself:
Well this is a flat wine meaning no bubbles or fizz are within it. Pour it and you get a pee coloured liquid/wine (sorry for that description lol I couldn't think of another one). Take a sniff of this and you get a light and fruity smell of pineapple and the zest of lime which this does contain of course in a small quantity along with grapes.
This is a rich and heavy tasting wine to me but that really isn't a complaint. It tastes tangy and full of grapes that give a juiciness when drinking it and the added pineapple flavour gives it a twist and teases the palette in a way your left looking for that flavour as you drink it with your tongue if your anything like me lol!
Apparently this is best served chilled and with spicy foods and me, I'm inclined to agree as it really is so packed full of flavour that I feel it would overpower more delicate dishes though I like drinking this one alone.
It's a warm but fresh and zesty wine and shouldn't be though of an alco-pop type of wine and that the price of about £3.86 a bottle (In Asda at the moment) It'd be easy to write it off at first glance as not being amazing bu this really is a serious wine and to me I love this and find it very (if not a little) too easy to drink lol. Lovely wine, great price and if you haven't tried it I advise you strongly to do so! Not too strong at only 4 units a large bottle it's great stuff and offers great value for money.
Available in all good supermarkets etc.
Now I don't claim to be anything of a wine connoisseur. In fact I think a true wine buff would be horrified at the speed with which I can get through a glass without appreciating the subtle, or even the obvious for that matter, tastes or smells.
But I will admit to drinking wine regularly and always trying new flavours, so in my book that's good enough!!!
I was initially, like many although again I think the wine buffs would be shaking their head in shame, drawn to the Black Tower wine for the bottle. Ooh the bottle looked very classy and different to anything else on the shelf. It is a long tall bottle with mottled black glass which suited perfectly the 'Black Tower' name label on the front.
The label informs us it is German, which again seems to fit with the style of the bottle.
I'll admit that I picked it off the shelf without so much as checking the type of White wine it was and whisked it off to the checkout.
It came to just under £4, although the price can vary between £3 -5 depending on where you get it from.
I had a friend coming over for a drink later that night so I popped it in the fridge ready to open it later. When we poured it I noticed it was a nice lightish colour and had a lovely fruity smell. The taste was absolutely spectacular ...It was most definitely the nicest wine I had had in a while.
It was a subtle, sweet and fruity taste, not too dry just how I like it! Having said that though, it was not so sweet that I was feeling like a lambrini girl. I don't like wine that tastes like it could be fruit juice, its nice to know you are actually drinking alcohol but at the same time I'm not a fan of very dry wines. This was a perfect mix for me and slipped down very nicely!
It was not long before the bottle was gone and I wished I'd bought more. I will be stocking up the next chance I get!
My husband, the wine buff, always makes so much fun of me for drinking this wine, but it is genuinely the best value for money white wine I've ever had! I'm a big fan of sweet German Rieslings - having spoken to a German wine expert, I know that Rieslings aren't actually meant to be sweet, but I can't help it. I think, the sweeter the better - and the cheaper, even sweeter!
At typically less than £4 a bottle, you won't be impressing anyone by pulling out this black, dimpled glass bottle, but on first swig, any fans of sweet white wine will be sold. It's great to drink along with dinner as it's short of being as sweet as a muscat, but great to drink whilst watching a movie or cuddling on the couch, as you won't need to hold your nose close as you down it. What's even better than that is the following morning, you won't regret the glass or two - I've been drinking Black Tower for years, and following nights of drinking it (mind, drinking ONLY Black Tower - no mixing!), I've never felt worse than a bit foggy, which is to be expected, really!
No need to be snobby here, folks!
I love wine. Of the rose variety. In my younger years I was very much a New Zealand white fan. However I have reluctantly found that with age, comes hangover. My post alcoholic encounters with marching bands, conversations with god and helicopter beds have increased dramatically with the years, effectively putting paid to my all night encounters with monsieur v blanc.
Thus ensued my switch to the loving arms of the brothers gallo, a gentle rose wine that returned me, once again to my pre hangover days. A whole bottle I could manage along with an accompanying meal.
Two weeks ago I had endured an extremely hot and sweaty saturday morning with two frustrated dalmations and even more frustrated owners. Having whipped them all into shape and about to head home I was happily presented with a bottle of wine and box of thorntons chocolates for my troubles. Immediately my first thought was "gosh that looks like an expensive bottle of wine" followed by "oh heck its red." imagining me handing my hard won prize to my housemate when i got in.
The bottle of wine was "Black Tower" and what a surprising revelation it was.
The presentation of the bottle is, as it's name would suggest, is of very narrow, tall, black glass. The effect of this is to make the wine look very expensive but surprisingly it retails in the region of £5 depending what shop you purchase it from (currently retailing in tesco at £4.08, the cheapest I have found)
The effect of the black glass is to make the wine look like a bottle of red, hence my immediate thoughts. My mood brightened considerably when i realised that it was a white. Allowing the wine and chocs to cool in the fridge until that evening I eagerly opened the bottle to go with my stir fry that i was in the process of cooking. The bottle was properly corked, not with rubber which is a trait that i particularly dislike. The presence of a cork only enhances the feeling of quality in this bottle.
I was amazed. The wine itself appeared a very light fluid in the glass and smelt wonderfully of grapes. On taking my first sip I remarked that it tasted exactly like welches white grape juice. This could be seen as a mark against quality by some but in all honesty it made the wine delightfully light and easy to drink. The wine did not feel thick in my mouth and the overall taste was delightfully crisp. That perfect middle ground between being a sweet wine and a dry wine that I find so appealing. The flavour stayed on my palette for some time after swallowing. I shared the bottle with my housemate who also agreed whole heartedly that this wine was, indeed, a discovery. The bottle that I was gifted was finished off swiftly. So much so that I happily pottered across the field to my local tesco and bought Black Tower mk2 which vanished almost as quickly.
This wine is great as a gift. BUT once you have tasted it try resisting the temptation of knowing you have a bottle of this in the house and not drinking it...
my overall recommendation would be to try it. occasional white wine drinkers and connoiseurs alike will not be disappointed. And it wont bust the budget either. BONUS!!!
Brand: Black Tower / Type: Wine