A couple of weeks ago I posted Part 1 of this short series of Riesling reviews. This will be the last German Riesling post for the wines I purchased back on June 3rd. As I mentioned then, both of these wines are produced by Rudi & Herta Veit of Piesport on the Mosel. Both are Piesporter Goldtropfchens…the first a Kabinett at 9% alc. and the second a Spatlese at 8% alc.. Both are from the 2008 vintage. The labels are identical except for Kabinett/Spatlese and alcohol content. The Kabinett runs around $16 regular retail and the Spatlese about $18. Both were selling at the Silverdale, WA GO for $5.99.
The Kabinett is brilliant pale green/golden and has a wonderfully aromatic nose of green apple, honey and peach/apricot. It comes off as relatively sweet on the front of the tongue, but as with all fine German Rieslings, it switches to lemony tartness at mid-palate and finishes sweet/tart as it washes over the back of the tongue. Flavors of Granny Smith apple and semi-ripe peaches. Just the slightest tinge of petrol/diesel quality. A very lovely white wine that’s impeccably balanced between fruity sugar and tart acidity.
The Spatlese is again brilliant and just slightly more golden than it’s sister Kabinett. Nose is considerably more closed in and I really couldn’t detect the lemony quality that was apparent in the Kabinett. There’s more of a sweet apricot and late harvest quality to this one. Slightly sweeter (as it usually should be), there’s also more viscosity here and the sweetness lingers longer from beginning to end. The peach flavors show more ripeness, but the acidity is again tart and lemony and balances out the sugars perfectly. Quite delicious. Both Rieslings get a big thumbs up! If you’re new to German wines or never quite understood the differences in classification or just need a refresher, read this.
I tasted both of these wines at cool cellar temperature, but would recommend chilling them for about an hour. Delicate wines like these won’t release all their fruity floral character if overchilled. They’re both great quaffers with cheeses, fruit and nuts, but would likely do well with spicy Asian fare too. Here’s a link to a review of the Spatlese that includes an interesting food match as well. It might work with a slightly sweet pumpkin or butternut squash ravioli with sage/butter sauce too.