Nahe: Weingut Kruger-Rumpf 'Kolonne Null' Riesling 2019
Low alcohol, low-calorie wine? Absolutely. We had tasted oodles of de-alcoholised wines and never been convinced that they adequately replicated the ‘mouth feel’ of the real thing. Kolonne Null's de-alcoholised 0.5% ABV Riesling, with its clear structure, crisp acidity and tense minerality, is a revelation and fooled most of our tasting panel, who assumed more alcohol was present. With an average 16 kcalories per 100ml, it has less alcohol than a ripe banana or that present in cloudy fruit juice. Plus, it’s gluten-free and vegan-friendly to boot.
A partnership between Berlin-based low alcohol wine supplier Kolonne Null and premium VDP wine producer Kruger Rumpf from the Nahe. Their vision is to preserve flavour and texture in wine whilst removing the alcohol.
This slightly off-dry Riesling grown on steep stony soils is the fabulous result. Crisp orchard fruit aromas support lime zesty acidity, smooth texture and flinty minerality.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Germany, Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Riesling|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, Seafood, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink within 1-2 years of vintage.|
|Vinification||Riesling grapes are fermented using wild yeasts and allowed to take their time to complete fermentation with time resting on the lees for texture and flavour. The wine is then gently de-alcoholised under vacuum at low temperatures to preserve aromas, flavours and texture.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||0.5|
Kruger-Rumpf are members of the VDP (Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter), the producers’ association for the top 200 or so German wine growers. Members have to stick to much stricter regulations for yields, grapes, harvesting plus environmental and sustainability criteria to produce premium wines at a range of quality and sweetness levels.
Based in the Nahe region to the west of Frankfurt, this family domaine has top quality vineyards across the local area, the intersection between the Nahe, Rheingau, Mittelrhein and Rheinhessen wine regions. Under organic conversion, they hand-harvest and use wild yeasts for fermentation.
Kolonne Null works with selected winemakers - mostly from VDP producers - to create wines that are particularly suitable for de-alcoholisation. Extensively tested prior to production, they produce a range of low alcohol vintage still and sparkling wines.
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