jamie goode's wine blog: Riesling Kabinett: two compared

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Riesling Kabinett: two compared

Two Rieslings compared. The suprise reappearance of the English summer led me to crack open two Riesling Kabinetts. Kabinett really appeals to me: it's usually a fresh, bright style of Riesling that drinks well young and combines freshness with a bit of sweetness to good effect. But it's also a wine style in danger of succumbing to global warming, with grapes achieving higher ripeness levels in the Mosel each year.

JJ Christoffel Erdener Trepphcen Riesling Kabinett 2005 Mosel Saar Ruwer, Germany
Pale coloured. Fresh with some carbon dioxide spritz. Wonderfully delicate and precise with lime, honey and lemon notes. The palate has a rich yet light texture with some minerality. Lovely freshness and a bit of complexity. I like this a lot. 90/100

Karlsmuhle Kaesler Nies'chen Riesling Kabinett 2005 Mosel Saar Ruwer, Germany
Quite deep coloured. Powerful limey, herby nose with some appley sweetness. The palate is quite full, just off-dry, with a distinctive herby edge. Refreshing acidity. A food wine. 87/100

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At 7:56 AM, Blogger Colin said...

I'd recently compared 2 Aussie rieslings over at my blog. As I'm currently studying the Germany bit for my WSET Diploma I really ought to find some Germans to compare. It's not easy though. The range in many places including my local Oddbins is pretty uninspiring.

And there is the usual problem of trying to make sense of the complex and confusing German labelling system.....

At 3:47 PM, Blogger Barry said...

Aussie & German Rieslings..different as chalk and cheese for me...be prepared to take a little acidity with the Germans...
I live in Germany..and have grown to love them....almost...


At 5:41 PM, Anonymous colman said...

BTW the best source for German wine in the UK is without a doubt HowardRipley.com.

(Disclaimer: I have no relationship with these guys other then as a satisfied customer!)

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

You are right about Howard Ripley. Wonderful portfolio. Justerini used to have a great German list tooo - haven't looked recently. BBR have some good Germans.

Colin - you need to leave the beaten track. The German labelling system is fun - especially when you start moving into the territory of AP numbers, Gold kapsule, long gold kapsule etc.

Interesting comment - care to elaborate about the 'almost'?


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