Mosel

Hauth-Kerpen

Estate: An eighth generation estate, Haut-Kerpen is located in close proximity to France and the Benelux countries, exactly in the middle between Koblenz and Trier, directly on the River Moselle.

Graacher Himmelreich, Riesling Kabinett Feinherb

HauthKerp Riesling Kab FeinherbVineyard: With great exposure, high mineralization, and good heat retention, Devon slate rocks make an idea environment for Riesling grape. To ensure the highest quality of grapes, they employ a viticulture through a targetted bleed.

Varietal Composition: Riesling

Residual Sugar:  21.8 g

Acidity: 9.0 g / l

Tasting Notes: Bright and fresh wine with fruity aromas, the slight sweetness hides the racy acidity. A wine that still has plenty of potential.

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Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling Kabinett

HauthKerpWehle Sonn Riesling KabVineyard: With great exposure, high mineralization, and good heat retention, Devon slate rocks make an idea environment for Riesling grape. To ensure the highest quality of grapes, they employ a viticulture through a targeted bleed.

Varietal Composition: Riesling

Residual Sugar:  6.6 g

Acidity: 8.2 g / l

Tasting Notes: Light green color, delicately fragrant bouquet with mango flavors, fine playful acid, by its youthful character is a refreshing wine still in its infancy.

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Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling Spatlese

HauthKerpenWehl Sonn Riesling Spat frontVineyard: With great exposure, high mineralization, and good heat retention, Devon slate rocks make an idea environment for Riesling grape. To ensure the highest quality of grapes, they employ a viticulture through a targeted bleed.

Varietal Composition: Riesling

Residual Sugar:  8.5 g

Acidity: 6.5 g / l

Tasting Notes: Finely scented nose mitGäraromen mixed and green apple notes, already full-bodied fine spicy flavor lingers on the palate long already, promises a good maturation.

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Kees-Kieren

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The Estate

Since 1980, the Kees brothers-Ernst-Josef and Werner-have cultivated vines on several excellent sites in the Mosel region of Germany, including the famous slopes of Graach, Kinheim, Kesten, and Erdener. The town of Graach lies on the south-west facing slopes of Mosel, just north of Bernkastel-Kues and east of Wittlich. The Graach vineyards make up part of an 8 kilometer stretch of top quality vines which are surrounded on all sides by the famous vineyards of Bernkastel, Wehlen, Abtsberg, Domprobst and Josephshöfer.

In total, the Kees Brothers manage an area covering about 5.5 hectares, the vast majority of which is planted with Riesling grapes, with Müller-Thurgau, Kerner, and Pinot Noir vines making up the remainder. The winemakers are invested in an environmentally sustainable approach, and all of the vineyard work is done almost entirely by hand.

The Soil

The soil, composed of weathered blue and Devonian slate, is rich in minerals which reflect the sunlight on to the vines during the day and radiate the soaked-up warmth during the night. This helps to ripen the grapes fully in the sometimes brutal northern climes.

Cultivation & Vinification

In the vineyard, crop thinning is employed to lower yields and ensure a late harvest. The harvest is carried out manually with several runs through the vineyard in order to ensure that the ripest fruit is selected.

The brothers produce several styles of wine, from delicate, racy, and dry to lusciously sweet, botrytis-affected Trockenbeerenauslese, all gently pressed and made in both stainless steel and old oak fuders.


Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett

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The Vineyard: This Riesling comes from Graacher Himmelreich, which is a prime Grand Cru location in mid-Mosel known for its mineral rich soils. The collision of tectonic plates and high temperatures long ago created a unique soil structure made up of marine sediment, mica, and other minerals.  The grapes for the Himmelreich Riesling benefit from this nutrient rich soil which in turn produces extraordinary, high quality wines.

Vinification: Techniques like yield reduction by thinning of grapes and a late, manual harvest are used to ensure optimum quality of the grapes. Depending on the condition of the grapes and the wine type,  the grapes are either subjected to whole bunch pressing or a light press. After a strong pre-treatment, the simpler wines are fermented in steel tanks, while the higher quality musts are generally left to ferment in wooden barrels.  After 1-6 months of barrel aging, the wine is then bottled by May of the following year.

Alcohol Content: 8%

Acidity: 9.0 g/L

Residual Sugar: 71.0 g/L

Tasting Notes: The delicate nose shows floral and mineral notes with hints of citrus.  Fruity and sweet, but the acidity gives it a wonderful balance.

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Kurt Hain

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The Estate: The Hain family has been growing wine since 1600, and today has holdings in Piesport’s top sites of Goldtropfchen and Domherr, with a total of around 5 hectares under vine, producing approximately 35,000 bottles a year. Gernot Hain began managing the estate in 1988.

Piesport occupies a topography ideally suited for viticulture. Its steep slopes open up like amphitheaters toward the south and are therefore indulged by the sun all day long.

The deep slate flooring acts as a thermal reservoir for the vines and ensures a good supply of water. The mild fluvial climate also creates ideal microclimatic conditions for great Rieslings with mineral structure and a wide variety of aromas.

A little Rivaner, Weißer Burgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) is grown here, but most of the vineyards are given over to the white grape variety – Riesling.

All of the wines are vinified in a traditional manner, using mostly very old oak foudres, and some stainless steel tanks.

Piesporter Goldtrupfschen Riesling Kabinett

Piesporter Goldtrupfschen Riesling KabinettThe Vineyard: Piesport occupies a topography ideally suited for viticulture. Its steep slopes open up like amphitheaters toward the south and are therefore indulged by the sun all day long. The deep slate flooring acts as a thermal reservoir for the vines and ensures a good supply of water. The mild fluvial climate also creates ideal microclimatic conditions for great Rieslings with mineral structure and a wide variety of aromas. A little Rivaner, Weißer Burgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) is grown here, but most of the vineyards are given over to the white grape variety – Riesling.

Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling

Vinification: All of the wines are vinified in a traditional manner, using mostly very old oak foudres, plus some stainless steel tanks. From the bottom to the top of the range (and there are a lot of different cuvées) these are almost without exception wines of real substance – beautifully structured, generous, with fine fruit and mineral tones and excellent aging potential.

Tasting Notes: This gorgeous Riesling has pungent aromas of apricot, lime and apple, with notes of cinnamon and clove. The effect is a bit like piercing the pastry on an apple pie, fresh from the oven. It also displays some nice floral and herbaceous notes. The flavours are equally as intense, concentrated and really quite rich, with palate-coating flavours of lime oil, nectarine and dessert apples, the sweetness of which is offset by spine-tingling acidity, slatey minerality and a refreshing spritzand again a distinct, though gentle spiciness.

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Piesporter Riesling qBa Feinherb

Piesporter Riesling qBa FeinherbThe Vineyard: Piesport occupies a topography ideally suited for viticulture. Its steep slopes open up like amphitheaters toward the south and are therefore indulged by the sun all day long. The deep slate flooring acts as a thermal reservoir for the vines and ensures a good supply of water. The mild fluvial climate also creates ideal microclimatic conditions for great Rieslings with mineral structure and a wide variety of aromas. A little Rivaner, Weißer Burgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) is grown here, but most of the vineyards are given over to the white grape variety – Riesling.

Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling

Vinification: All of the wines are vinified in a traditional manner, using mostly very old oak foudres, plus some stainless steel tanks. From the bottom to the top of the range (and there are a lot of different cuvées) these are almost without exception wines of real substance – beautifully structured, generous, with fine fruit and mineral tones and excellent aging potential.

Tasting Notes: The Piesporter Riesling is one of the dry Gutsweinen the house grove. The wine comes in a clear and refreshing citrus fruit flavors. The palate is fresh and racy.

 

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Piesporter Goldtrupfschen Riesling Spätlese

Piesporter Goldtrupfschen  Riesling SpätleseThe Vineyard: Piesport occupies a topography ideally suited for viticulture. Its steep slopes open up like amphitheaters toward the south and are therefore indulged by the sun all day long. The deep slate flooring acts as a thermal reservoir for the vines and ensures a good supply of water. The mild fluvial climate also creates ideal microclimatic conditions for great Rieslings with mineral structure and a wide variety of aromas. A little Rivaner, Weißer Burgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) is grown here, but most of the vineyards are given over to the white grape variety – Riesling.

Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling

Vinification: All of the wines are vinified in a traditional manner, using mostly very old oak foudres, plus some stainless steel tanks. From the bottom to the top of the range (and there are a lot of different cuvées) these are almost without exception wines of real substance – beautifully structured, generous, with fine fruit and mineral tones and excellent aging potential.

Tasting Notes: With 90g / l residual sugar counts this Riesling to the noble sweet specialties of grove. The Piesporter Goldtröpfchen is known for its top Rieslings and offers especially for fruit sweet and sweet wines is the perfect breeding ground and the best microclimate. The late harvest was fermented in stainless steel and developed and has a great peach fruit. In addition to a lively acidity, the noble sweet Riesling shows with much substance on the palate.

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Von Hövel

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The Estate

The Mosel estate of Weingut von Hövel has quite some history. It is housed in ancient monastic buildings that were once part of the St. Maximin Abbey, and includes cellars that were constructed in the 12th century. The estate has been family owned since 1803, and is now led by Eberhard von Kunow with Hermann Jäger filling the role of winemaker.

They own 3 hectares of vines in the renowned Scharzhofberger vineyard in Wiltingen, although their reputation is based more on the wines produced from the Hütte vineyard in Oberemmel, which Weingut von Hövel owns in its entirety. The vineyards, which are sited on Devon slate, are planted almost entirely with Riesling, with just a tiny amount of Weissburgunder.


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Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett

The Vineyard: Though some dry (trocken) wines are produced, fruity style Riesling wines predominate. The estate owns about 26 acres of vineyards and has a production of about 5,000 cases. The Oberemmeler Hütte is the largest holding with 12.5 acres and is wholly owned by the von Kunow family. A portion of the Oberemmeler Balduinsberg (6.25 acres) and of the famous Scharzhofberg (7.5 acres) round out the estate. The vineyards are planted to 100% Riesling.

Vinification: The von Kunows, even though respectful of tradition, use the latest methods in their vineyards and in marketing their wines. As a cellar master Eberhard, who is also the auctioneer for the wine auctions at Trier and Bernkastel, uses the old tried and true methods. All wine is fermented and matured in 100% German oak until bottled.

2012 Vintage Reviews: “Features a crystalline essence to the apple, baked pear and ruby grapefruit flavors, offering accents of lemon zest. Balanced and precise, with a finish that echoes with notes of tarragon cream. Drink now through 2022. 1,000 cases made.”–92pts, Wine Spectator, KM

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Scharz Riesling Spatlese

Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese

The Vineyard: Though some dry (trocken) wines are produced, fruity style Riesling wines predominate. The estate owns about 26 acres of vineyards and has an annual production of about 5,000 cases. Oberemmeler Hütte is the largest plot at 12.5 acres and is wholly owned by the von Kunow family. A portion of the Oberemmeler Balduinsberg (6.25 acres) and of the famous Scharzhofberg (7.5 acres) round out the estate. The vineyards are planted almost entirely with Riesling vines.

Vinification: The von Kunows, even though respectful of tradition, use the latest methods in their vineyards and in marketing their wines. The cellar master, Eberhard (who is also the auctioneer for the wine auctions at Trier and Bernkastel), uses the old tried and true methods. All wine is fermented and matured in 100% German oak until bottling.

Tasting Notes: A classic Saar valley Riesling from the world-famous Scharzhofberg vineyard. Noble, subtle, fruity nose reminiscent of green apple, grapefruit, and peach. On the palate, there is distinct acidity paired with deep minerality and a juicy mouthfeel. Despite high residual sugar, the wine demonstrates a more off-dry taste given the racy acidity which is typical for the great Rieslings from the Saar.

2011 Reviews: “Subtle floral, apple and hazelnut aromas. Understated acidity gives the peach flavor a delicate texture. Well-balanced wine, with slatey minerality allowing it to maintain a refreshing lightness. Finishes with noteworthy persistence.”-91pts, Joel B. Payne, Vinous

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