Riesling was born in the Rhine wine region of Germany where the first reference to the wine was made in 1435. 

Nowadays, Germany is the country producing the highest concentration of world-class Rieslings. Its cool continental climate determines a slow ripening of grapes and high levels of acidity of the wines. Wines made from Riesling can range from bone dry to lusciously sweet styles and flavors and can range from delicate and floral to a richer peachy fruit character. However, today we will focus on tree excellent Trocken (dry) Riesling from German.

To start, it is important to quickly introduce the strong german wine laws and labels which regulate the german wine culture.

Quality wine is divided into two types Qualitätswein, quality wine from a specific region

and Prädikatswein, superior quality wine. Then, the wine could have a designation which related to the grape quality levels as Kabinett,Trockenbeerenauslese, Eiswein, etc … and a designation regarding its regional quality levels as Grosses Gewachs (GG), Gutswein etc … 

Now, you are prepared for an immersion in german wine culture !

I) Eva Fricke Riesling Trocken, Rheingau, Germany 2017 – Wine Searcher$ 20

This dry white wine is made in Rheingau, a small but prestigious region. The old vineyards are situated on the steep slopes of the River Rhine for 70 years providing the optimal humid conditions for ripening grapes. Naturally limited by soil and old vines and selected by hand, the highest quality of the wines is the claim of the Eva Fricke winery.

This wine is labeled as Qualitatswein Bestimmter Anbaugebiete ( QbA)  which that it comes from one of the 13 wine-growing regions. It is a basic level of every day, mostly inexpensive quaffing wines. But, you would be surprised by its tasting notes. 

The 2017 Rheingau cuvée displays mineral notes which are sandy loess & loam, clay, quartzite, slate balanced by its juicy and fruity, apple & peach aromas, dry finish.

Alc: 12%

Serve it at: chilled between 7-10 °C

Food pairing: Caramelized Pear and Blue Cheese Tart

II) Donnhoff Hermannshohle Riesling Grosses Gewachs ( GG ) niederhauser nahe Germany 2017 – Wine Searcher € 65

For over 100 years, the Hermannshöhle has been revered as the Nahe‘s top-ranked site and the benchmark by which all other vineyards in the region are judged. This location promises Riesling wines with pronounced acidity and a slightly riper fruit character. There, in the Nahe Valley, Donnhoff winery was established. Since the beginning, it focused its attention on planting Riesling vines in prized vineyards, and by the 1920s was filling its wines into bottles and selling the finest of them by their individual vineyard names.

Before disclosing the secret of this bottle, we are going to look at this Grosses Gewachs label. This designation is used to recognized  top-level dry wines from sites classified as Grosse Lage.

On the palate, you will distinguish its brilliant complexity and elegance corresponding to  Riesling of the highest standing. Its exceptional concentration, plus its opulent flavors and a deep minerality offer a pleasant mouth feeling. A grand dry wine reflecting mystery and elegance.

Alc: 13 % 

Serve it at chilled between 7-10 °C

Food pairing: Thai Fish Curry

III) Keller G max Riesling trocken rheinessen germany 2017 – Wine Searcher €2,128

Weingut Keller is actually one of the last riesling pickers in all of Rhine Hesse. This estate was founded in the late eighteenth century, in 1789. It carefully cares its 18 ha of vineyards, including 15 ha of grand cru, low yields offering wines of great harmony and texture.

Its Keller G-Max Riesling Trocken Rheinessen Germany 2017 is an epic dry wine from Riesling made from vintage vine dry Riesling vine and fermented in oak fudge. You will be fascinated by the complexity, depth and concentration of this wine.

On the nose you will find ripe stone fruits, yellow flowers and herbs. On the palate, we discover several layers. A ripe acidity, high but perfectly balanced, slightly spicy as if you put a small piece of ginger in your mouth. And the super long, ultra complex finish is accompanied which so much concentration and juiciness, a pleasure in mouth. 

Special notes from Weingut Keller: “Dear winemaker friends, if you have bottles of these vintages in your cellar, they have become good luck charms and give you a taste of what we can expect from the years 2017 in ten years.”

Alc: 13% 

Serve it at chilled between 7-10 °C

Food pairing: Crab Dumplings ( Varenyky )

So, which one are you going to choose for this week-end ?

Amsterdam, July 19th, 2019