GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON Müller-Thurgau

Müller-Thurgau, a white wine grape variety, is a cross between Riesling and Madeleine Royale created in 1882 by Swiss botanist Hermann Muller (from the canton of Thurgau).

The intention was to combine the intensity and complexity of the Riesling grape with the ability to ripen earlier that the Silvaner grape possesses. Although the resulting grape did not entirely attain these two qualities, it nonetheless became widely planted across German wine regions.

Today, Muller Thurgau is the second most widely cultivated grape variety in Germany. It’s gained widespread popularity due to its ability to grow in a wide range of climates and soil types. Muller Thurgau was often planted on flat areas that were not suitable for growing other wine grapes. The vines mature early and bring large yield quantities, and are less demanding than for example Riesling.

Outside of Germany, it’s used to make white wine in Austria, Northern Italy, Hungary, England, Australia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, New Zealand, the United States and Japan.

Varietal Müller-Thurgau wines often have aromas of peach, lemon and light floral notes, with low acid, medium body and a range of fruity flavours. They are almost always best consumed young, with few exceptions which have greater ageing potential.

To discover this grape variety, we suggest MTX Muller Thurgau Extrem 2017 from Domane Wachau, Austria. The grapes were hand-harvested from a single vineyard at the beginning of October. A natural unfiltered wine has a greenish-yellow colour. On the nose very open and accessible, intense citrus notes, chamomile, pistachio, ripe quince, some almond and walnut and a smoky spiciness, very multilayered, complex, well-structured and elegant with a racy acidity; great spices and long-lasting.

Food pairing:
– steamed fish or light flavorful starters

Useful tips:
– serve it lightly chilled 10-13˚C

Amsterdam, January 15th 2020