A trio of tasty Mosels

The Mosel Valley (Photo: Romantic Germany website)

A recent riesling tasting attracted an impressive range of entries from the Mosel. They were mostly spätlese and auslese level rieslings dating from 1992 up to 2015. Although some of the older wines were let down by poor corks (the importer provided back up bottles), it was a fascinating tasting. Interesting to see a few wines sporting the German-made glass stopper Vino-Lok, which seemed to have performed well and certainly better than many of the cork closures.

My top three wines included 2015 Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese. Sealed with a Vino-Lok, it was a bright and moderately sweet wine (82.2 g/l RS) with intensity and character. Sweetness was perfectly matched with knife-edged acidity that gave the wine real tension and a moderately drying finish. This was everything I expect from good Mosel… and more. (NZD $42)

The 1998 Weingut Schwab-Kiebel Erdener Treppchen Auslese Riesling was still very youthful for a 20-year-old wine. Delicious slate and mineral characters together with a dash of aromatic (not at all coarse) kerosene character. Starting to mellow but with the potential for further development. (NZD $54)

My favourite of the trio was the 2001 Weingut Georg Helm Neumagener Rosengartchen Spätlese Riesling. Quite sweet for a spätlese but obviously from an outstanding vintage. An absolutely delicious and fully mature riesling – quite outstanding. (NZD $50)

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