Lightness from Rheinhessen – The Blue Bird Riesling Kabinett

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I probably would not have tasted this Rhineland-Hessian Riesling Kabinett if I had not seen Antonio Galloni‘s YouTube interview with the well-known Rhenish-Hessian winemaker Klaus Peter Keller in mid-April this year. Galloni asked him, which other regional Riesling winemakers he woud recommend, and he mentioned Christine Huff. A good recommendation: her Rieslings tasted so far all turned out to be very good.

The Ekkehard Huff Winery, which has been based in Schwabsburg for seven generations, cultivates steep vineyards on the Roter Hang, with stony soils with red clay slate or clay sandstone, such as Schloss Schwabsburg , and the two VDP.Große Lage Orbel and Pettenthal. The nine hectares of the estate also include the VDP.Große Lage Paterberg opposite the red slope, calcareous with loess and clayey, as well as other Schwabsburg vine locations. How Christine Huff cultivates the vineyards and how she is making her wine is to be seen in “Werner, wie geht Wein?” – a recommendable multi-part program of the TV channel SWR.

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Expressive Auslese of the “Roter Hang”


 

Rothenberg, Hipping, Pettenthal and Ölberg are vineyards lying at the red slope near the Rhine-Hessian Nierstein. In all these vine locations the Bodenheim based winery Kühling-Gillot owns vineyards. The winery which operates since the 19th century in the winegrowing business, besides the two main grape varieties Riesling and Pinot Noir has planted on its 11 hectares of vineyards Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Scheurebe, Gewürztraminer and to a smaller amount Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.

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Chardonnay for lovers of Auslese

Chardonnay is a very versatile variety, which is reflected in dry wines in a variety of wine styles. Usually dry wines are produced with this variety, but there are also sweet and noble sweet Chardonnay variants, especially in Germany and Austria. Two characteristics make Chardonnay a very well suited grape variety for sweet wines. On the one hand, the variety definitely has enough acidity to balance residual sugar, on the other hand, the berries’ shells are thin enough to facilitate botrytis infestation, thus enabling the production of noble sweet wines.

We tasted a Chardonnay Auslese 2001 of the Wittmann Winery. The Wittmann family is involved in viticulture since 1663. … Read more ...

K. Wechsler – Elegantly balanced sweet wines


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Katharina Wechsler entered the family winery first 2009 and in a short time she became well-known with the wine lovers. She presented her very elegant, drinking-inspiring wines in the Munich wine shop Furore – including two sweet wines.

The winery Wechsler manages 17 hectares in Westhofen in the famous vine locations Steingrube, Kirchspiel and Morstein. The Riesling Schweisströpfchen 2015, which we have tasted, owes its name to a part of the Kirchspiel, in which the work on the calcareous, deep loam soils is always very sweat-producing.

The Riesling Benn Beerenauslese 2015 comes from a vineyard of the same name, a small monopol vineyard of 6.5 ha with … Read more ...