Schwarztrauber Mussbacher Riesling, 2017
Taste Profile Where it's from
Riesling is the most famous white grape of Germany but this example highlights some important differences. Firstly, the producer is based in Pfalz rather than the Mosel or Rheingau. Secondly, the style here is ultra-crisp and dry, very different to the sweeter Kabinett/Spatlese styles often found in German Riesling. Weingut Scharwtrauber focusses on minimum intervention and organic principles. - Andy Howard MW
About the Wine
The estate was officially founded in 1959, when Walter and Gerlinde Schwarztrauber decided to convert their mixed use farm into a winery having been persuaded by their winemaker son Gerhard.
In 1986 Weingut Schwarztrauber joined the Bioland Association, the largest organic association in Germany, and Gerhard officially took over in 1994.
Spätburgunder (otherwise known as Pinot Noir) can do very well in the relatively cool climate and sandy soils of the Pfalz, and in fact Germany is the third largest producer of pinot noir in the world. This is a lovely example has fragrant red fruits and a hint of violets on the nose, beautiful balance on the palate and a smooth, elegant finish.
Goes well with
Dry Riesling is a brilliant partner with all sorts of Asian cuisines – try with a Thai Green curry, of Indian dishes from Kerala and Goa where the lime flavour in the wine will be a great match for the food.
Riesling has great purity and precision, which also makes this a good match with lighter meats such as pork, and chicken dishes. The acidity will cut through richer sauces, keeping the palate fresh.
Schwarztrauber Mussbacher Riesling
|Organic / Biodynamic||Yes / Yes|
|Vegetarian / Vegan||Yes / Yes|
|Volume||750ml (Full bottle)|