QbA Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Heymann-Löwenstein, 2018
Pale golden yellow with bright green tinge. Nose of quince, banana, lychee and pear with a hint of apricot. On palate the wine is full and lively with a fine balance between acidity and fruit. With moderate complexity, it remains a beautiful expression of Riesling's elegance from a master of avant-garde winemaking in Moselle.
|Origin:||Deutschland / Mosel / Cochem/Untermosel|
|Ripening potential:||1 to 5 years|
|Serving temperature:||10 to 12 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Fruit tart, Hot Asian dishes, Spicy hard cheese|
|Vinification:||fermentation with grapes' own yeast, long must fermentation, soft pressing|
|Harvest:||hand-picking with simultaneous grape sel|
|Maturation:||in steel tank|
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