Hauth-Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2013

A fine, true Kabinett, low alcohol, bright, slightly sweet, excellent acid, perfect aperitif wine, or with spicy Asian food
SKU: 2243
$21.75

Details

Details

The Wehlener Sonnenuhr is probably the most famous vineyard (after the Bernkasteler Doctor) on the Mosel if not in all Germany. It lies in the middle of a massive wall of vineyards between Zeltingen and Bernkastel.
Its wines are miraculously light and yet full of flavor. When young, they tend to be very pale in color with a slight greenish tinge. As they age, they pick up a beautiful green-gold, stained glass look. A good Kabinett should live at least ten years and often two to three times that long. We love them both young and aged. When young, they exhibit all that bright fruit of the Riesling grape, with a scent of wild flowers and a vivid minerality. When cellared, they become immensely complex and fascinating.
Hauth-Kerpen's vines are in the exact center of the great vineyard, not far from the great sundial that gives the vineyard (Sonnenuhr - Sundial) its name. In the old days the sundial was quite practical. It could be read from a distance and would tell the vineyard workers when it was time to go home. Remember, being so far north, the sunset is quite late from late April through most of August.
Hauth-Kerpen's wine is a classic rendition of Mosel wine. Low in alcohol (9%), with good acidity and a moderate amount of residual sugar, this wine is an example of the most useful ripeness level for the consumer. (It is also the least expensive!)

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard No
Winemaker Martin Kerpen
Producer Hauth-Kerpen
Alcohol 8.50
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 49.20
Acidity (g/l) 10.00
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential No
Grape Variety 100% - Riesling
Body light
Sweetness sweet
region Mosel

Region

Mosel


The Mosel wine region, one of 13 German wine region and known as the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region before 2008, takes its name from the Moselle River (German: Mosel).
Similar to Austria's Wachau valley, the Mosel enjoys highest prestige amongst Germany's wine regions, due to unique Mosel terroir of slate soils and the world's steepest vineyards with inclines reaching 65 degrees.

Here in the most northern wine regions of Europe the continental climate of the Mosel region produces lighter wines with often flowery character and pronounced minerality.

Slate conveniently drains ample rainfalls while retaining the little heat that the Mosel sees.

Subregion

Mittelmosel


The name Mittelmosel (Central or Middle Moselle) refers to the approximately 120-kilometer section of the river Moselle, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany from the city of Trier to Zell. The subsequent section of the River to its mouth, where it flows into the Rhine, is known as the Untermosel.

The Mittelmosel landscape is formed by the many meanders of the river, between the Hunsrück and the Eifel highlands in a deep valley with steep slopes on which the grapes for the Mosel wine are grown. The river follows an exceptionally beautiful scenic route. There are a number of well-known wine and tourist destinations in the Mittelmosel including Schweich, Longuich, Mehring, Klüsserath, Trittenheim, Neumagen-Dhron, Piesport, Brauneberg-Filzen, Bernkastel-Kues, Zeltingen-Rachtig, Kröv, Traben-Trarbach, Reil and Zell.

The Mittelmosel has been a winegrowing region since the days of the Romans. The Romans used the Moselle even then for transportation of the wines produced there.

The Mosel wine region was formerly the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer winegrowing area and is a large producer of Riesling, a white wine. Although the Moselle is not a classic red wine area, following the demand that has developed since the late 1990s, an increasing quantity of red wine is produced. Apart from the Riesling grape there are also isolated plantings of Rivaner/Müller-Thurgau, Kerner and White and Blue Spätburgunder.

The winemaking businesses in the Mittelmosel also offer Sekt, wine and fruit brandies and liqueurs. They market their products broadly, as in all wine regions, and present themselves in Wine Cella, small self-owned seasonal restaurants (Straußwirtschaften), and during the warm season at farmers markets (Hoffeste).