However, there’s a part of me and no doubt SWMBO that will always see the ‘fruit-sweet’ wines as the best. Our memories of superlative Kabinett, Spatlesen, Auslesen and beyond will be indelible. Yet it is incredible how even these wines can vary so much. The wines of Martin Kerpen have delighted people around the world, and we can be counted among them. I must admit, I see their sugar sweetness a little more prominent than the terroir. But this is no bad thing, as there are times for some natural sweetness to shine. Often these times are when Asian cuisine, with a little spice or heat come into play. So we haven’t just been ‘seduced by the sugar’. The 2015 Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett is one such wine that makes an instant rapport. Much of the initial impression is of sweetness and sugar. But it all seems so natural, and is in total balance with the 9% alc. and the acidity. Given a bit of time in the glass, the vineyard slate comes through. Just enough to know that there’s something classical and serious there. It’s bottle age that brings out terroir. And that happens with the Kerpen wines.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
A Natural Sweetie
If SWMBO and I were pushed to name our favourite wine style, it would be German Riesling. We’ve been to the Mosel, and the wines from that region just hit the magic spot. But since then, and over the years, we have come to realise and accept the many styles of German Riesling, and in particular the ‘return’ to the trocken style that is so good with food. The Grosses Gewaches, the dry style from the greatest ‘nominated’ vineyards are indeed special, and they have become part of our love of the variety and its many expressions.
Posted by Wine Noter at Sunday, July 30, 2017