Riesling is produced in the German wine district of the Rhine and is the pride of this land’s winemakers. The first mentions of this wine can be found in the warehouse documents of Count Katzenellenbogen from 1435. Riesling is believed to have been the favorite drink of German landowners from the very beginning. It was they who helped this drink gain popularity in Europe since they took it with them on military campaigns and to conclude deals. It didn’t take long to realize that Riesling, like Chardonnay, is one of the rare wines that only gets more valuable over the years. Unlike many other white wines, which needed to be used within a short period of time after filling the bottle, high quality Rieslings can be stored and prepared for up to 100 years. This is due to the high acidity of the wine.
The Riesling tasting begins with your nose. It is one of the most aromatic grapes in the world. The main note of the fruity aroma is nectarines, apricots, sweet apples and pears. Also in wine you can feel the aroma of honey and – surprisingly – gasoline. Wine experts all over the world are looking for this atypical aroma, because it is believed that it is by it that one can determine high quality Riesling, which becomes even more valuable over the years.
In the world, these grapes are grown on no more than 8900 acres, and of course, most, or approximately 5600 acres, is in Germany. German and Californian Rieslings are usually slightly sweeter, although dry wines can also be found. You will recognize dry wine by the German word trocken (dry) on the label. In turn, for dry wine from California, look for dry (dry).
Riesling wines, which are made in France, Austria, the Finger Lakes region of New York and Washington, are usually dry. In these regions, it is not even necessary to write this information on the label, as most wines are dry.
Riesling and food
What is the best way to enjoy this aromatic wine? Experts advise supplementing Riesling with savory dishes. Asian and Indian spices are a great addition to this wine. A classic dish is a spicy duck leg with Riesling.
Combination with meat: duck, pork, bacon, chicken, shrimp and crab meat.
Spices: Savory and aromatic: cayenne pepper, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, turmeric, curry, Sichuan pepper, shallots, soy sauce, sesame, marjoram, basil, rice vinegar and teriyaki sauce.
Cheeses: Enjoy this wine with soft, fresh cheeses without a pronounced aroma. It goes well with dried fruits.
Vegetables: Baked vegetables and vegetables with natural sweetness. Coconuts, red onions, paprika, eggplant, courgettes, and carrots.
Moselle Rieslings at Noble Wine
In the Noble Wine shop you can get acquainted with a variety of German Riesling wines. Weingut Molitor is one of the best German wine producers. Markus Molitor, who took charge of the winery in 1984 at the age of 20, represents the eighth generation of the ancient Molitor family of winemakers. The family estate comprises 37 hectares of high-quality vineyards that cover 15 historic vineyards from Bernkastel to Seligenstadt.
Here the cultivation and harvest of grapes, as well as the production of wine, takes place strictly in accordance with tradition. Very ancient, unvaccinated vineyards (many of them 100 or more years old) grow on a slope with a slope of 80 degrees, where vineyards are maintained strictly by hand. For the fermentation process, natural yeast is used without enzymes and cooking accelerators – “100-year-old style of wine production”. The fermentation and maturation process takes place in large old oak barrels, however a small part of the wine is produced in stainless steel barrels.
We invite you to taste exquisite Rieslings from Markus Molitor at Noble Wine store
Riesling Haus Klosterberg Feinherb 2014
The intense aroma of Riesling has a delicate aroma of citrus fruits, fresh apples and peaches. Fresh Riesling berries make the wine light and refreshing. The wine has a relatively sharp acidity and a well balanced mineral taste.
Riesling Erdener Treppchen Kabinett Trocken 2014
This wine has a dry aroma with notes of nutmeg, chamomile, ripe peaches and mirabella. Erdener Treppchen’s taste is full of different tones of spices, but the alternating, balanced acidity provides an excellent aftertaste.
Riesling Bernkasteler Badstube Spatlese Feinherb 2014
This wine has a delicate aroma of plums, apricots, peaches, bergamot and minerals. The taste is refreshing and slightly sour. The wine is characterized by an elegant, delicate, mineral aftertaste.