Riesling Weilberg 2016
QbA Pfalz, Rings, 750 ml
The Weilberg Riesling (VDP Grosses Gewächs) comes from the top vineyard in Ungstein on the northern Mittelhaardt. The vineyard soils have red Terra Rossa soil, which is very rich in iron and clay and produces an opulent, powerful Riesling. Weilberg is an elegant long-distance runner with a high ageing potential, enchanting with its harmonious, powerful character. The nose reveals a bouquet of ripe yellow fruit, stone fruit and vineyard peach. On the palate, citrus notes join the ripe peach notes. Exciting structure and animating acidity, yet very expressive and complex.
|Origin:||Germany / Pfalz|
|Site / vineyard:||Weilberg|
|Ripening potential:||2 to 10 years|
|Serving temperature:||10 to 12 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Apéro pastries, Mild Asian dishes, Fish terrine, Roast veal with morel sauce, 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, in demijohns|
|Residual sugar:||3,2 g/l|
The cold-weather king
The Riesling is the flagship of the German wine industry. It grows from north to south in all growing areas. It is also comfortable in the neighbouring Alsace region and in Austria. Its specialty is being vinified to a variety of degrees of sweetness, from bone-dry wines to ice wine. Moreover, thanks to its spirited acidity, it ages better than many reds. The typical Riesling smells of citrus, peach and apricot, shows hints of flint, and with maturity develops an idiosyncratic petrol note. It reflects its terroir like hardly any other white variety. Thus, it often gets fuller and more aromatic in Austria than in Germany. In Alsace, in turn, it has a particular mineral taste. Riesling is a wonderful culinary companion. It fits well not only with fish and shellfish, but also takes the heaviness from hearty meals. And with a fine sweetness and acidity balance, it works wonders for Asian cuisine.
Pfalz: Riesling meets Burgundy
Palatine winemakers manage the feat of vinifying top-tier crus from both white and red varieties. In addition, Riesling presents the same class here as Chardonnay and other Burgundy varieties. This versatility at high quality levels makes Germany’s second-largest wine region a trove of discoveries of all kinds. Tranquil winegrowing towns with a diverse range of culinary offerings and hotels make the Palatinate region a perfect wine travel destination.
Germany – Into the elite the hard way
Sitting in the heart of Europe, the hilly, lake-dotted landscape of Germany provides ideal, fertile soil for the most diverse vine varieties. From Albalonga to Zweigelt, over 140 different grape varieties are grown on about 100,000 acres, cared for by nearly 50,000 vintners. Most of these vintners are young, modern, internationally trained, inquisitive and urbane. It is hardly surprising, then, that German wine has a good reputation well beyond the country's borders.