22nd October 2019
German Riesling Trocken (dry)
We have two lovely examples below, both with good bottle age too. A German Riesling lends itself to ageing due to its naturally fresh acidity level.
They are food-friendly, subtle and elegant but of rich character, and have a delicious affinity with fish, chicken, pasta or mushroom dishes in creamy sauces.
Hochheimer Hölle Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2012
Germany / Rheingau
The nose is fruity with stony minerality that continues on the palate with lime, grapefruit and passion fruit notes
Quite full and rich and not at all aggressive – lovely fruit and length. 12.5 ABV
Enjoy as an aperitif, or match with simply cooked sea bass.
Domdechant Werner – the other great estate of Hochheim and with a much longer history in the town than Künstler, the current incumbent is the 7th generation of the Werner Michel family to make wine here. Acquired by the family in 1780, the word “traditional” seems almost inadequate to describe the set-up, from the magnificent manor house set amongst the vineyards as they slope majestically southwards to the river Main to the status and bearing of Dr. Franz Werner Michel, formerly of Geisenheim University, first President of Wines of Germany, spokesman for the VDP in Rheingau and champion of the purity of Rheingau Rieslings.
The wines are, unsurprisingly, excellent, combining soaring fruit, racy acidity, fascinating complexity and unmistakable terroir expression.
Kalkstein Riesling Spätlese Trocken 2012
Germany / Pfalz
Packed with intense, mineral-infused citrus flavours and a long concentrated finish. 13% ABV
Kalkstein is the German for limestone and refers to the soil which gives the wine its distinct character. This 15 ha. estate in the hamlet of Ungstein, just outside Bad Dürkheim, is at the forefront of the development of Pfalz wines and winemaking, having been a pioneer of the recent establishment of the Grosses Gewächs (Grand Cru) classification. It is now regarded as one of the leading estates of Pfalz, highly rated by such respected international experts as Hugh Johnson, amongst others. Aromatic purity and an elegant expression of Pfalz’s particular full bodied style are characteristic of these lovely wines.
Try with a vegetable Korma and rice.
View all our German Trocken wines HERE