Dr Loosen, VDP Riesling Kabinett, Graacher Himmelreich, Mosel, 2012
Graach is a Mosel village between Berncastel and Wehlen, the Himmelreich vineyard is steep, south-west facing with blue slate based soils.
This wine: screw cap closure, 8% abv, widely available £13
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium intensity, youthful, with aromas of lime zest, grapefruit pith, a little cut grass, with warmer hints of stone fruit skin.
Palate: a medium dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, a slight gummy grip, low alcohol, a medium body, with a smooth silky texture, a very light spritz which fades quickly, medium intensity, with flavours of lime and lemon pith, unripe stone fruit, pineapple skin, and a hint of coconut. A medium length with a clean mouth-watering citrussy finish, which fades with a low-key gummy grip.
Quality: a good quality well-made wine, with fresh acidity balancing the residual sugar in this citrussy, low alcohol offering. Of modest intensity and complexity, there is however a good level of fruit concentration, which follows through on the surprisingly modest finish. Ready to drink now, it has the fruit, balance and structure to keep for 3-5 years, but will not improve.