Saturday, 10 July 2010

Sun dial

On a day like today (35C and humid outside), the only vinous refreshment that makes sense is something light and low in alcohol. Time to open a bottle of Riesling Kabinett from the Mosel, then.

Weingut Markus Molitor, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2007, Mosel
Barely tipping the scales at 7.5% alcohol, this Sonnenuhr (or "sun dial") is in the classical style of German Riesling. Harsh though it may sound, Germans rarely drink these any more. However, there is no other wine in the world that combines low alcohol with such delicate prettyness and downright yummyness

And this one has it in spades. Granny Smith and a minerally, crushed stone core on the nose, with a slightly sweet (but, thanks to the acidity, in no way cloying) palate of ripe apple and tangarine, and more minerality on the finish. So light on the tongue, but full of flavour. A medium finish. A wine that could easily last a decade, no joke. But why wait a decade?

1 comment:

  1. With Sonnenuhr-Riesling I have been very lucky so far, be it Kabinett or Spätlese. I think you are absolutely right that this weather calls for a lighter Riesling, so perhaps something to think about for tonight...
    The Wine Rambler