Mosel / Rheingau
Reisling Germany and Austria have been famous for their exquisite Riesling dessert wines for centuries. But in the past five to ten years, producers in Germany have been developing many more great, dry Riesling wines. Riesling can be found in Germany’s 13 wine-growing regions, however it is most prominent in the Mosel, Rheinhessen, Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe regions. Wines range from bone dry ( trocken) , to delicate light and sweet.
The Mosel is best known for lean, steely mouth tingling intensity, balanced with soft apple, floral aromas and the characteristic minerality from flint, slate soil. Rheingau, Riesling is often a little richer, with hints of apricot and peach flavors. The high levels of acid and flavor make riesling and excellent wine to pair with all kinds of foods.
Rieslingsekt (Sparkling) Germany specialises in Sekt made from Riesling grapes which are rich in monoterpenes, and result in fruity and perfumed sparkling wines. Quality is determined based on the 3 tiers in the VDP (an elite association of German wine estates regional quality pyramid with GG / Grosse Lage (Grand Cru) and Erste Lage (Premier Cru) at the top made from single vineyards, and a minimum of 36 months on lees.
The finest estate grown Sekts are classified as Winzersekte most of which are brut nature (no sugar added) but also define the degree of sweetness of the must at the harvest must be Kabinett, or Spätlese grape quality. In addition, the:
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