Was that….Blue Nun?!?
When I was a kid I remember my Mom having a bottle of Blue Nun on the fridge door among the milk and jars of mayo and mustard. She’d have a glass after a long day at work and I remember being fascinated by the tall blue bottle. I once snuck a sip to see what it was like – ewwww!! That was about the extent of my winedrinking exposure until university and even then I didn’t take much of a step up.
Luckily, I grew up and came to love German wines but I still had those lingering memories of Blue Nun as a “Mom” wine and not that good to boot. I had heard that Blue Nun had relaunced their wine not long ago and wandering around the wine aisle of Sainsbury’s the other day, talking on the phone to my mom, I spotted that long tapering bottle on the shelf. I don’t know what it was, maybe it was because at that moment I was talking to my mom in faraway Nevada (we even had a laugh about the wine when I mentioned that I’d spotted it on the shelf), maybe it was just curiosity but for whatever reason I popped it into my basket and headed off to the checkout line.
When I say they relaunched, they really relaunched. Those Germans are serious about rebranding Blue Nun, changing the label to one nun instead of 3 and making the label more modern, all in an effort to make it a player in the under £5 range. They are even starting a new campaign to trumpet the fact that one glass is the equivalent of one unit of alcohol, mind you, that is a 12.5 cl glass but one unit nonetheless.
The wine comes from the Rheinhessen which is the biggest wine producing region in Germany, it’s the traditional home of Liebfraumilch, which helps to explain the medium-dry style of Blue Nun and it’s a blend of Silvaner and Müller-Thurgau with an abv of 9.5%. Since the new reclassification, the wine is a now a Deutscher tafelwein instead of a Qualitatswien. There’s a lot of other info on the website and you can check out the stats if you must, they even tell you the dimensions of the bottles and cases!
The bottle says it’s “fresh, crisp and fruity”. I can attest to that, it definitely ticks all those boxes. I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. It was clear and bright, a light hay colour, the nose – fruity, peachy, not too intense, nice and simple. The palate – very fruity, nice acidity, ripe peaches, some citrusy notes, hint of spritzyness, the finish was short and slightly sweet, a bit of tinned peaches hanging about. It was really tasty with spicy potatos, plenty of fruit left over but not too much. It was an engaging surprise. I was prepared to scoff and hate it but it wasn’t that bad at all. Ok, it wasn’t like those world class Rieslings from the Pfalz but for £3.99 I’m not complaining. I can’t wait to tell my mom. She has long since moved on from Blue Nun but maybe it’s time she revisited an old friend, just for kicks.