Mosel: Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt 'Schloss Marienlay' Riesling Trocken 2018
Named after the iconic castle HQ of renowned Riesling producer Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt, Schloss Marienlay Riesling (VDP. Gutswein) marries the unique characteristics of the three river valleys from which its fruit is sourced: freshness from the Saar, spiciness from the Ruwer and the fruitiness from the Mosel. Dry in style with refreshing acidity, its mineral notes are balanced by exotic fruit flavours and a lingering finish.
From family-owned vineyards in the the vertiginously-steep slopes of the Mosel valley (formerly known as Mosel-Saar-Ruwer), Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt is internationally acclaimed for the production of Riesling. Slate-based soils dominate in the middle Mosel, a region which includes the Saar and Ruwer tributaries.
Fresh lime acidity and a stoney slate edge lead to aromatic apple and tropical fruit notes. With 6.3g/L residual sugar (6.0g/L acidity), this would be an ideal partner to pad thai, fragrant Malaysian shellfish dishes cooked in coconut milk or stir-fried vegetables.
2018 started very wet, but this provided fabulous reserves of water for a warm and dry spring and summer. Dry conditions continued to autumn with a particularly 'Indian Summer' so ideal conditions for harvesting, giving generous ripe and balanced wines.
|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, Thai Food|
|Cellarage||Drink between 2 to 10+ years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested grapes are fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures. It spends 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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