31 Days of German Riesling

By Aaran Eccles

Every time I open a bottle of German Riesling ,   writes Aaran Eccles,  I kick myself for not doing so more often. Always delicious, Riesling is made in so many styles that make for amazing glasses in their own right. Riesling is also a game-changer to match a variety of dishes, so given that July celebrates German Riesling I’ll take this opportunity to wax lyrical about Riesling and try and convert a few more non-believers to the light. I know everyone has been burnt before by sickly sweet wines masquerading under the name of Riesling but fear not, there are some truly stunning dry wines with bags of flavour and I can reassure you there’s nothing flabby about any of them.

The majority of Riesling produced is dry and its naturally high acidity gives wines of piercing freshness to cleanse the palate giving a mouth-watering finish. German vintners have got this style down to a fine art and Martin Kerpens’  Blauschiefer Riesling Trocken  from the Mosel valley is brimming with white fruits and crisp green apple. This is a great starting place for anyone looking to discover Riesling. So uncomplicated, fresh, and fruity, this is the perfect aperitif chilled down on a glorious summers day.

The majority of Riesling produced is dry and its naturally high acidity gives wines of piercing freshness to cleanse the palate giving a mouth-watering finish. German vintners have got this style down to a fine art and Martin Kerpens’  Blauschiefer Riesling Trocken  from the Mosel valley is brimming with white fruits and crisp green apple. This is a great starting place for anyone looking to discover Riesling. So uncomplicated, fresh, and fruity, this is the perfect aperitif chilled down on a glorious summers day.

To the east of the Mosel valley, Rheingau is famed for producing richer styles of Riesling which have the structure to stand up to more complex dishes. Peter Jakob Kühn is one standout producer in Rheingau with over 200 years history of wine production currently helmed by the talented Peter Bernhard Kühn. From the gentle slopes of the Rhine sits the village of Oestrich where the dry Rheinschiefer Riesling is produced and the schiefer (slate) present in the vineyards gives a mineral tone to complement lemon curd and orange spice notes. Aged in old oak barrels for a richer style, all of the wines from Kühn would be a delight with roast chicken or a pork chop, their fuller body matching roasted white meats perfectly. We also have Rheinschiefer magnums available, great to open at a barbecue!

To the east of the Mosel valley, Rheingau is famed for producing richer styles of Riesling which have the structure to stand up to more complex dishes. Peter Jakob Kühn is one standout producer in Rheingau with over 200 years history of wine production currently helmed by the talented Peter Bernhard Kühn. From the gentle slopes of the Rhine sits the village of Oestrich where the dry Rheinschiefer Riesling is produced and the schiefer (slate) present in the vineyards gives a mineral tone to complement lemon curd and orange spice notes. Aged in old oak barrels for a richer style, all of the wines from Kühn would be a delight with roast chicken or a pork chop, their fuller body matching roasted white meats perfectly. We also have Rheinschiefer magnums available, great to open at a barbecue!

Dry Rieslings are the fashion at the moment, but I can’t write a piece on Riesling without mentioning a Kabinett, as these slightly sweeter wines are bewitching and completely unique to Germany. Based in the Mosel town of Mülheim, Dirk Richter and his son Constantin produce a full spectrum of bone dry to lusciously sweet wines, but it is their  Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett that is a must-try. At just 8% alcohol, unctuously sweet peach and melon are balanced by rapier-like acidity to give a perfect balance of sweetness whilst never being cloying. Try this with a pâté or a spicy Thai soup. The hint of sweetness will cool any spice and it’s my go-to when a takeaway curry is ordered. Onion bhajis and Chicken Tikka Masala with off-dry Riesling is heaven!

 

An unashamed propagandist piece for Riesling, I can assure you the quality is high, and this grape is quite rightly revered. Get trying and enjoy all the styles that Riesling can offer!

CELEBRATING 31 DAYS OF GERMAN RIESLING

Half Dozen

 

A fantastic array of deliciously refreshing Rieslings to be enjoyed throughout the summer months.

Published 13th July 2022