Diel’s inspiring Riesling Kabinett


I wanted to get quinces from Hans. But of course Hans had a few wines up his sleeve to taste, including a Riesling Kabinett 2021 from Schlossgut Diel. I knew the winery from the dry wines, as it produces Große Gewächse from the three adjacent Große Lagen Pittermännchen, Goldloch and Burgberg. Despite their proximity, these large layers have very different soils. From the ferrous clay soils of the Burgberg interspersed with quartzite to the gold hole on gravelly primary rock soils to the Pittermännchen, where the grapes thrive on weathered slate above Rotliegend.

The winery also produces dry wines from its other sites, but the  noble sweet wines … Read more ...

Racy late harvest from the Saar

The Hofgut Falkenstein, or a Riesling Spätlese from the winery, has already been the subject of this blog, nevertheless here are the most important points about the winery: Erich Weber and his son Johannes are responsible for the winery. Both studied viticulture in Geisenheim and it seems that they have a very similar view of Riesling vines and whose wines. Their philosophy seems to be characterized on the one hand by renunciation: no fertilisers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides in the vineyard, no pure culture yeasts,

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Floral Riesling Kabinett from Wolfer Sonnenlay

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Konstantin Weiser and Alexandra Künstler started with leased 1.8 hectares in the Enkircher Ellergrub. Today they cultivate 4.6 hectares, exclusively Riesling, in Enkirch these are Ellergrub, Zeppwingert and Steffensberg sites, and besides the Trabener Gaispfad, Wolfer Sonnenlay and some smaller steep plots

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Taut Auslese from the red shale


Red shale (Rotliegendes) © Wein vom Roten Hang e.V.

The Rheinhessen wine-growing region comprises 3 areas, 24 major sites and 432 individual sites, at least that is how it can be read in Wikipedia, not a word about the fact that some of the best and most well-known wine sites in Germany can be found there. In any case the Roter Hang has to be named, which is

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Riesling Kabinett with a backbone

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The VDP.Grosse Lage® Götzenberg, from which the grapes for the tasted wine come, is located in a round basin in the Uhlbach district of Stuttgart, protected from north and east winds. The easily to warming sandstone reed floor of the site, as well as an often blowing warm, strong valley wind, enable the Riesling grapes growing there to ripen for a long time.

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Lorenzhöfer Karlsmühle – salty Auslese of the Ruwer


At the end of our tasting, Hans had planned a 1998 Lorenzhöfer Riesling Auslese Lange Goldkapsel from the Karlsmühle winery, to which he served dark fleur de sel chocolate from the Confiserie Gmeiner. A very nice combination, as the chocolate harmonized very well with the salty minerality of the Auslese. According to the owner Peter Geiben, this is typical of his wines, which he ascribes delicate fruit, fresh acidity and a pronounced minerality. Wines are produced from dry to fine dry to noble sweet. The winery in Mertesdorf, directly on the Ruwer, cultivates around 15 hectares of steep clay slate layers on both sides of the Ruwer, around … Read more ...

Goldtröpfchen by blue-gray slate


The Moselle wine-growing region has six viticultural subareas (Cochem Castle {Terrassenmosel}, Bernkastel {Middle Mosel}, Saar, Ruwer, Upper Moselle, Moseltor). With 5,685 hectares, the Middle Mosel is its largest wine-growing area and at the same time the heart of the Moselle cultivation area. Many well-known vineyard locations can be found along the approximately 100 kilometers of the river, their steep slopes mostly on Devonian slate, which can be gray, blue or red. The grapes for the 2003 Riesling Auslese Piesporter Goldtröpfchen from the Grans-Fassian winery grow on a gray-blue slate soil, interspersed with quartz and minerals

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