Mosel: Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese Trocken 2001
On the apex of a bend in the Mosel river near the village of Piesport the world-class vineyard of Goldtröpfchen is renowned for intensely-mineral, complex Riesling. 'Goldtröpfschen' means 'little golden droplets' and refers to the drops of moisture that shimmer on late-harvested berries affected by noble rot.
Dry in style with refreshing acidity, its flinty mineral notes contrast with ripe persistent peach aromas and a mellow, full texture.
The celebrated and historic Piesporter Goldtröpfchen vineyard covers some 65 hectares and its steep south-west/south/south-east-facing slopes (4 to 65% gradient) run from 118- to 197 metres above sea level. Wine has been made there since Roman times and the remains of a Roman press house were discovered at the foot of the slopes in the 1980s.
Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt own some 4.5ha of its stony, Devonian blue slate soils that provide excellent drainage and act as a storage heater, retaining warmth well into the evenings. Not to be confused with the far larger area of Piesporter Michelsberg, this exclusive vineyard's 'Trocken' wines when harvested late into the autumn (Spätlese) are fermented dry but retain the aromas and flavours of some botrytis (noble rot) to balance the exquisite acidity.
This is a wonderful aperitif and ideal partner to seafood – scallops in particular.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Riesling|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, Curry, Seafood, Thai Food|
|Cellarage||Drink between 5 to 25+ years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested grapes are fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures. It spent several months on the lees to further intensify the flavour and texture before bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt
A 650 year-old, family-run estate based in Trier in the Mosel, with prime vine-holdings in the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer valleys. The estate farms 46 hectares in total, 12 hectares of which are scattered among the extraordinary but challenging slopes of the Mosel.
Skillfully managed from 1983 until her sad passing in 2016 by the quality-focused owner Annegret Reh-Gartner (herself married to a two-star Michelin chef, Gerhard Gartner), this is one of the leading wineries in Germany and accordingly it is a member of the prestigious VDP association.
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