Riesling Kreid Weingut Rings 2019
QbA Pfalz, Weingut Rings, 750 ml
In 2018, the Rings brothers pressed the Riesling Kreid for the first time, which is intended as a homage to their father. It comes from a prime piece of the Saumagen, the old "Kreidkeller" vineyard. The vines, which are over 30 years old, stand on white limestone with ferruginous red earth in the subsoil directly next to the forest with a cool microclimate. Riesling, puristic and bone dry, just as the Rings' father liked it. A big, complex and concentrated wine that still needs some time or wants to be caraffed: strong structure, tight palate, delicate creaminess (ageing on the full lees), a little smoky, some white peach and yellow stone fruit, white pepper and blackcurrants, herbal-citric- mineral, cool, maritime character. You can literally feel the terroir on the tongue. Smallest production, very limited availability. Robert Parker / The Wine Advocate / Stephan Reinhardt write about it: "Tasted as a sample in April 2020, the 2019 Riesling Trocken Kreid (from the iron-rich Kreidkeller plot of the Kallstadter Saumagen) is very fine and complex on the perfectly ripe and elegant nose. On the palate, this is a round, mouth-filling, silky-textured yet nervous, chalky and highly finessed dry Riesling with great intensity, balance and remarkable distinction. The finish is crystalline, incredibly refined and salty, full of tension and weightlessness. This is a spectacular and promising wine. Made only for the second time after the 2018 firstling."
|Origin:||Germany / Pfalz|
|Site / vineyard:||Weilberg|
|Label:||Vegan, Certified organic or biodynamic wine|
|Ripening potential:||2 to 10 years|
|Drinking temperature:||10 to 12 °C|
|Food Pairing:||Apéro pastries, Mild Asian dishes, Fish terrine, Giant crevettes, grilled langoustines, Asparagus specialities|
|Vinification:||fermentation in steel tank, soft pressing, fermentation at low temperatures|
|Harvest:||in several rounds (tries), hand-picking with simultaneous grape sel|
|Maturation:||partly in steel tank|
|Residual sugar:||3,2 g/l|
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